A song that copies the vocals of Drake and The Weeknd using artificial intelligence has been taken off from streaming providers.

Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and Tidal no longer have Heart On My Sleeve available for purchase.

Additionally, it is being taken down from YouTube and TikTok, but some copies are still accessible.

It comes after harsh criticism from the song’s publishers, Universal Music Group, who claimed that the music broke copyright laws.

Platforms, according to the music publisher, have a “legal and ethical responsibility” to stop the usage of services that hurt artists.

The song mimics Drake and The Weeknd swapping rhymes about Selena Gomez, a pop star and actress who dated The Weeknd in the past.

The song was allegedly written by a piece of software trained on the voices of the musicians, according to its developer, @ghostwriter.

The single gained popularity throughout the weekend after being shared on several sites on Friday.

On Monday afternoon, it was first taken down from Apple, Deezer, and Tidal before requests to take it down from TikTok, Spotify, and YouTube were made.

The text “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Universal Music Group” has replaced the link to the song’s original YouTube video.

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Before being removed, it had received 629,439 streams on Spotify. With a minimum royalty fee of $0.003 per stream offered by Spotify, the company made about $1,888 (£1,500).

The publishers of both artists, Universal Music Group and Republic Records, claimed they have been experimenting with AI on their own for some time.

However, it went on to say that “the availability of infringing content made with generative AI on DSPs [digital service providers] begs the question as to which side of history all stakeholders in the music ecosystem want to be on: the side of artists, fans, and human creative expression, or on the side of deep fakes, fraud, and denying a fair market value.

These incidents show why platforms have a fundamental moral obligation to stop users from abusing their services to the detriment of artists. The involvement of our platform partners in these issues is encouraging because it shows that they understand the need to contribute to the solution.

“A two-edged sword”
According to a lawyer for intellectual property (IP), copyright and artificial intelligence are not clearly governed by the law.

According to RPC’s Jani Ihalainen, UK copyright law gives performers significant rights over their performances, including the ability to record specific performances and make copies of those recordings.

A “deepfaked” voice, on the other hand, that doesn’t expressly imitate a performance won’t likely be protected and might even be viewed as a protected work in and of itself.

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“Current legislation is far from adequate to address deepfakes and the potential problems with intellectual property and other rights,” he continued.

It would take time to fix these problems, according to Tony Rigg, a specialist in music business management at the University of Central Lancashire.

The violation of moral rights is possibly the most disturbing aspect of this case, he said. “If someone is able to copy you, your reputation, your voice, and your fashion, it might be really bad. The law will be responsible for offering a remedy.

The employment of artificial intelligence in the music industry is a two-edged sword, with tensions originating from its capacity to both diminish and enhance human creativity.

It is challenging to comprehend the full extent of AI’s capacity to effect on the creation, consumption, and commerce of music in what promises to be a transformative period, despite the fact that the possibilities are immense and evolutionary.

Although neither artist has yet commented on the song, Drake recently voiced his annoyance at having his voice duplicated.

He discovered a fan-made video in which he appeared to be rapping the Ice Spice song Munch (Feeling U), and declared, “This is the final straw AI,” in a post on Instagram.


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