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Countries that are a haven for AI vocal cloning are now on the RIAA “notorious markets” list

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) regularly releases a “notorious markets” list which outlines which countries are havens for counterfeiting, bootlegging, stream-ripping, torrent sites, illegal cyberlockers and other piracy activities that rip off artists and publishers.

In the past, the RIAA has called out countries like Russia, China, Indonesia, Brazil, Sweden, and yes, even Canada. (There are several hosting providers here that redirect searches for pirate sites, including The Pirate Bay.)

This year (find the report here), the RIAA is drawing attention to countries and territories that are using AI to clone the voices of well-known artists. The only one called out by name is Voicify.ai (read my story on it here), which could be based in the UK (it’s hard to tell). This site will create AI vocal models of artists like Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Elvis Presley, Eminem, Adele and Ed Sheeran. I quote from the report:

“The service stream-rips the YouTube video selected by the user, copies the acapella from the track, modifies the acapella using the AI vocal model, and then provides to the user unauthorized copies of the modified acapella stem, the underlying instrumental bed, and the modified remixed recording.”

Watch for AI vocal cloning to become a bigger and bigger problem.

Alan Cross

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