The AI Music Showdown: What's Next?

AI's role in the TikTok and UMG showdown; AI's potential to change software tools

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Here's what we're covering today:

  • TikTok and UMG's showdown over AI music compensation

  • Try out's CoPilot mode that writes code for you

  • Rising concerns over AI-generated fakes

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TikTok, UMG, and the AI Music Showdown

You may have noticed that TikTok grew silent last week—no Taylor Swift nor viral dance audios.

What happened

After their licensing agreement expired, Universal Music Group (UMG) pulled its entire music catalog from the platform. UMG accused TikTok of trying to build a music empire without adequately compensating artists and songwriters. And disagreements on AI compensation were a huge part.

Why it matters

We think this is another glimpse of the future of AI and compensation for the data its based on.

UMG's CEO has raised the concern that AI music could enable the creation and monetization of illegitimate songs. This unease applies to all industries, not just music. AI is constantly generating content that infringes on copyrights and patents — it was trained on them after all.

This dispute also highlights a disparity in bargaining power. This is in stark contrast to the New York Times lawsuit, where OpenAI claimed they didn't need NYT’s data. But with TikTok and UMG, the stakes are higher. It's not just about data; it's about the music that millions of users love.

The big takeaway

Artists may be able to stand up to specific platforms where authentic content is crucial (like TikTok) and demand greater protections against AI.

Depending on how this plays out — AI data protections may come piece-meal per industry.

We’ll keep a pulse on it for you.


Try it out: Code that writes itself

You might have heard that AI is really good at writing code - but most people don’t realize how this will fundamentally change the software and tools we use.

Today we want to show you one of our favorites — the CoPilot mode in 🤘 

Here’s what’s unique about CoPilot mode:

If you ask a simple question like “what headphones to buy for a podcast” - you might get OK results.

But CoPilot mode takes it one step further.

The AI will think about what follow up questions it could ask in order to give you a better result … ON THE FLY.


For your reading list 📚

Companies are trying to make fast progress on the problem of AI fakes (especially ahead of elections)...

The regulations around AI are picking up (good!)...

That's all!

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🪄 The AI Exchange Team