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Chicago, April 17, 2019

Becker Quoted in The Verge Regarding Artificial Intelligence and Music

Partner Jeffrey S. Becker was quoted in The Verge regarding artificial intelligence (AI) and music.

The article, "We've Been Warned About AI and Music For Over 50 Years, But No One's Prepared," questions if AI's ability to makes music makes AI an artist, which leads to questions regarding authorship.

Becker says in the article, 

Directly training an AI on a particular artist could lead to other legal issues, though. Entertainment lawyer Jeff Becker of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP says an AI program’s creator could potentially violate a copyright owner’s exclusive rights to reproduce their work and create derivative works based upon the original material. “If an AI company copies and imports a copyrightable song into its computer system to train it to sound like a particular artist,” says Becker, “I see several potential issues that could exist.” 

To read the full article, please visit The Verge's website.

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