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This singer offers 50% of her earnings to anyone who uses an AI to imitate her voice

Following controversy over an AI-generated song that perfectly mimics the music of Drake and The Weeknd, singer Grimes took to Twitter to share 50% copyright on any song created with an AI that uses his voice. The goal? End copyright law in the music industry.

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Would you be interested in receiving 50% of the royalties of a world-renowned singer? This is not impossible, since it is precisely the message published yesterday by Grimes on his Twitter account. “I will share 50% copyright on any AI-generated song that uses my voice. It is the same contract as with any artist with whom I collaborate”, writes the Canadian artist. A statement which, if it may seem surprising at first glance, does not come from nowhere.

You have certainly heard of it: for the past few days, the industry has been completely turned upside down by a song posted by a certain Ghostwriter977 on TikTok. At first glance, however, it seems that this track was produced by rapper Drake and popstar The Weeknd. This is not the case: their voice was imitated by the mysterious Internet user using artificial intelligence.

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This artist wants to use AI to end copyrights in music

As expected, the reaction of Universal Music, the multinational which owns the rights to the music of the two artists mentioned above, was not long in coming. After generating millions of views on TikTok, the song was banned from all streaming platforms. It is therefore to this news that the singer Grimes reacts in her tweet. “Feel free to use my voice without risk of fallout. I have no label or legal obligations”explains this one.

A decision that she justifies in several ways. To begin with, Grimes finds this “cool to merge with a machine”. But the real reasons lie elsewhere. Indeed, the artist wishes above all to highlight “the idea of ​​open source art” as well as his desire to “kill copyright”. A position that of course goes against the Universal Music project, which called for choosing a side: “on the side of artists, fans and creative expression, or on the side of infringement, fraud and denial of compensation to artists due to them. »

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