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Deezer Creates Tech to Detect, Delete AI-Generated Songs

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The colored logo for the Deezer SA music streaming service is shown on an Apple Inc. iPhone 6s in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. Beatles songs will now be available around the world on nine streaming services including Apple, Spotify, Deezer and Google Play, the bands record company, Vivendi SAs Universal Music Group, said Wednesday in a statement. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The streaming service Deezer says it is developing a suite of cutting-edge algorithms to detect and remove music created by artificial intelligence (AI).

The French-owned streamer has initiated a crackdown on “illegal and fraudulent content.”

There has been an increase in AI-generated music in recent months, which employs enormous volumes of previous libraries to train models and clone the voices of established performers on projects for future distribution via streaming platforms.

This produced a copyright quandary, with music rights holders divided on the ethics and drawbacks of such tools.

Deezer stated that it will use its unique Radar technology to search archives and detect preset signals.

Deezer’s CEO, Jeronimo Folgueira, stated that the company’s new toolset will tag music generated with generative AI.

He stated that the AI-powered detector will begin to highlight audio content generated with synthetic voices of established artists.

According to the CEO, affected labels, artists, and other rights holders can be forced to decide what action to take.

“With over 100,000 new tracks uploaded per day to our platform, it’s becoming increasingly important to prioritize quality over quantity and defend real artists that create truly valuable content,” Folgueira said.

“AI can be used to create new incredible content and I believe there are massive benefits of using generative AI, but we need to ensure it’s done in a responsible way.

“There’s an opportunity now to get things right from the start of the AI revolution, and not make the same mistakes as the social media giants did when fake news started to flood their platforms. We owe it to the artists and fans.”

In February, David Guetta, the DJ, used AI to add what is believed to be Eminem’s voice for one of his tracks.

Two months later, a faked duet between Canadian musicians Drake and The Weeknd raised serious concerns.

The alt-pop singer Grimes made her voice available for public use to retain authorship over her music.

Created in 2007, Deezer prides itself as the second-largest independent music streaming platform globally.

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