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Journal paper on AI and Music: Open Questions of Copyright Law and Engineering Praxis

Journal paper on AI and Music: Open Questions of Copyright Law and Engineering Praxis

13.09.2019

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The article Artificial Intelligence and Music: Open Questions of Copyright Law and Engineering Praxis in which Emilia Gómez participates, has been published in the Arts journal.

The article is based on an interdisciplinary study about the impact of AI on music, including considerations from copyright and engineering praxis. It has been the result of a  collaboration with scholars in the field of creative practices, engineering and law, and it can serve as a starting point for discussion of some relevant aspects related to the use of AI in music production.

 

Abstract

The application of artificial intelligence (AI) to music stretches back many decades, and presents numerous unique opportunities for a variety of uses, such as the recommendation of recorded music from massive commercial archives, or the (semi-)automated creation of music. Due to unparalleled access to music data and effective learning algorithms running on high-powered computational hardware, AI is now producing surprising outcomes in a domain fully entrenched in human creativity—not to mention a revenue source around the globe. These developments call for a close inspection of what is occurring, and consideration of how it is changing and can change our relationship with music for better and for worse. This article looks at AI applied to music from two perspectives: copyright law and engineering praxis. It grounds its discussion in the development and use of a specific application of AI in music creation, which raises further and unanticipated questions. Most of the questions collected in this article are open as their answers are not yet clear at this time, but they are nonetheless important to consider as AI technologies develop and are applied more widely to music, not to mention other domains centred on human creativity.

Paper available in open access at Arts journal.

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