“Love Song” was written with the help of Amadeus Code, the AI songwriting assistant that takes data from centuries of music to inspire songwriters with melodic ideas. While Amadeus Code can assist in the creative process, like any AI, it cannot feel love. This is why collaboration with the Amadeus Code team was necessary to fully bring the track to life.
Four months ago, Christie’s said it held the first-ever auction of art created by artificial intelligence. The $432,500 sale sparked a controversy among critics over whether it’s really AI-generated if a human was involved in making the portrait. Next month, a new Sotheby’s sale in London may end the dispute and could even presage a boom in AI-generated art, which until now has been relatively scarce.
The CCIA, which represents global tech firms including Cloudflare, Google, and Facebook, is warning the U.S. Government against “onerous” copyright laws other countries are implementing. These laws lead to increased liability for US companies and create an increasingly hostile environment for them to operate in.
The European Union’s effort to rewrite two-decade old copyright rules to take into account online platforms such as Alphabet Inc’s Google moved a step forward on Friday (8 February) when a majority of member countries agreed on a common position for talks with lawmakers next week.
The tech giant’s stance is setting up as a major test for European regulators eager to rein in Google and Facebook, as Google tries to pressure the EU into making concessions by presenting doomsday scenarios for both consumers and small publishers, even going so far as threatening to pull Google News from the EU.
The fascination around music and gaming skyrocketed last weekend with the virtual Marshmello concert in Fortnite. The impact has been far-reaching. Songkick reported more fans looking for tickets on its platform during the past 4 days than the past 3 months combined. Marshmello’s YouTube channel received 4MM+ extra views over the weekend following Fortnite.
Last Tuesday, Zach Katz, BMG’s former President, confirmed the launch of a new joint venture group. In partnership with Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings and Ripple, Katz launched Raised In Space. The music industry and tech investment group aims to enable better collaboration between music and technology. Ripple’s Xpring will work closely with Raised In Space to integrate blockchain and the digital asset XRP to benefit the music industry.
Germany’s music industry lobby group, BVMI, has applauded a new ruling against stream-ripper MusicMonster.fm by the Regional Court of Munich as a positive step forward for accountability. The court affirmed that not only is the site on the hook for copyright infringement, but that it is also liable for distributing the content to the public.
A recent blog post from the blockchain software company founded by Ethereum’s Joe Lubin, ConsenSys has listed 16 Ethereum blockchain based games where users are able to earn money whilst playing. ConsenSys has said that even though the rest of the blockchain community is busy in talks regarding scalability, adoption and network upgrades, these blockchain based games are early proof that the technology has the potential to revolutionize an industry.
At the Berlin Film Festival on Friday, global producers’ association Fiapf, whose members include Hollywood’s MPAA, and the Independent Film & TV Alliance both sought to clarify what’s at stake for Europe’s film and TV industries. That followed protests Thursday by 14 worldwide film and television trade bodies that contend the current EU proposals would relax copyright enforcement for tech giants such as YouTube and Google.