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Sony Music Group is opting out of any and every unauthorized data mining attempt

Sony Music Group has prohibited unauthorized use of its content for training or developing AI systems. While SMG supports the responsible artist-led use of AI as a creative tool, the company is committed to safeguarding human artistry and intellectual property rights in the age of AI.

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by Ellie Ramirez-Camara
Sony Music Group is opting out of any and every unauthorized data mining attempt
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In a recent statement, the Sony Music Group (SMG) and its affiliates, Sony Music Publishing (SMP) and Sony Music Entertainment (SME), have explicitly prohibited the unauthorized mining, scraping, or any other type of data extraction from their content, including lyrics, compositions, recordings, artwork, and data lifted for training, developing, or commercializing AI systems. With this declaration, SMG emphasizes its commitment to protecting songwriters' and artists' rights, including copyrights in the era of generative AI. Moreover, the statement preserves SMG, SMP, and SME's existing rights reservations and reaffirms that they apply to all existing and future content listed in industry databases.

With this, SMG recognizes the unequaled and inherent value of human artistry as fundamental and coming before welcoming the potential of responsibly deployed generative AI as a game-changer in the music creation process. By setting these boundaries, the company aims to help artists and songwriters remain in control and capable of deciding how to adopt new technologies in a way that truly supports them.

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by Ellie Ramirez-Camara

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