Two months ago, an artist allegedly called ghostwriter courted controversy over the release of a track titled, Have the heart on the hand.
The track featured AI-generated vocals mimicking the voices of superstar artists Drake and The Weeknd. It was uploaded to YouTube and TikTok and went viral.
Via a third-party distributor, the track also made its way to streaming services such as Spotify and SoundCloud where it began racking up streams in the hundreds of thousands. It was later removed by all of these platforms.
A confirmation of what triggered the track removal, at least on one service, has arrived on ghostwriter’s pending page YouTube download now gone. It reads: “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Universal Music Group.”
Drake and The Weeknd release their (actual) records through Universal Music Group and its Republic Records.
Besides user-generated downloads containing the track’s audio, which you can still find on various platforms if you search hard enough for it, a version of the track appears to be available for flow on a platform called AI WAVlisted as a track by “DRAIK and the WKND”.
According to the number of plays on the platform at the time of writing, the track has been played 541,288 times (see below).
Described in a press release as an “AI music streaming platform”, WAVs AI also features tracks like “Ariana Granday”, “Freddie-mercurai”, “Eminaim” and many more AI releases by artists popular.
It claims on its website to be “the world’s leading AI music provider” and that it “works with clients like Instagram, Apple Music, Google, Shazam, Amazon Music and many more”.
WAVs AI also just lifted $20 million of a New York-based investment firm called Regal Investments.
In a press release announcing the funding, WAVs AI is described as a “rising star in the music tech scene” and the startup “compromises with record labels and artists in the AI music revolution, harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to deliver users with personalized music creations, curated playlists and a seamless discovery process”.
In that same press release, Regals CEO Roble Regal said, “I strongly believe that traditional music companies will be overtaken in the years to come by innovative AI-powered platforms.”
Commenting on Regal’s capital injection, Tyler Herrera, a “spokesperson” for WAVs AI, said in the press release that: “With the support of Regal Investments, we will continue to secure deals with artists and record labels, expand our user base, and establish WAVs AI as a dominant force in the music streaming industry.
The press release further claims that, “with an astute understanding of the trajectory of the industry,” Regal Investments CEO Roble Regal “envisions a future where established companies will face formidable challenges from AI-powered platforms.
The version adds, “By investing in AI WAV, Regal Investments aims to position itself at the forefront of this seismic change, ready to reap the benefits of the next generation of music streaming.”
In the Terms section from WAVs AI’s website, the platform is described as “a music streaming marketplace that allows users to upload their own music content subject to certain guidelines”.
These terms and conditions state that users of WAVs AI “may upload their music content” to the platform provided they adhere to the following guidelines:
- “Content must not infringe the rights of any third party, including copyright, trademark or privacy rights;
- “Content must not contain hate speech, violence or any other harmful or offensive content;
- “Content must comply with all applicable laws and regulations;”
The website that features the tagline ‘Art, sound and music reinvented’ also has a section titled “Copyright” which claims the following:
“Music is a form of intellectual property protected and regulated by aspects of intellectual property law, including copyright laws and various licensing regulations. Together, these laws aim to protect the rights of musicians, performers, producers and others in the music industry as well as the music itself.
“A current problem in music law revolves around technological developments in online file-sharing systems that increase the prevalence of illegal distribution – that is, without the authorization of the right holder. author – protected music. The Music Act attempts to address this and other issues related to the dissemination of music and to reconcile the protection of artists’ rights with the rights of consumers.
“Under US copyright law, music created by humans is copyrighted from the moment of its creation. However, when AI generates music, the question arises as to who owns the copyright to that music. Currently, there is no clear legal precedent or guidance for determining copyright ownership of music generated by AI models.
“We are delighted to have Regal Investments as a strategic partner and investor.”
Tyler Herrera, spokesperson for WAVs AI
Commenting on Regal’s capital injection, Tyler Herrera, spokesperson for WAVs AI, said in the press release, “We are delighted to have Regal Investments as a strategic partner and investor.
Herrera added, “This significant investment will allow us to propel our mission to revolutionize the way people discover and interact with music.
“With the support of Regal Investments, we will continue to secure deals with artists and record labels, grow our user base, and establish WAVs AI as a dominant force in the music streaming industry.”
“The music industry is on the cusp of a revolution, driven by advances in artificial intelligence.”
Roble Regal, Regal Investments
Also in the press release, Roble Regal, CEO of Regal Investments, added: “The music industry is on the cusp of a revolution, driven by advances in artificial intelligence.
“I strongly believe that traditional music companies will be overtaken in the years to come by innovative AI-based platforms.
“At Regal Investments, we are committed to identifying and supporting game-changing businesses that disrupt conventional norms. Our investment in WAVs AI reflects our determination to lead the way in this era of transformation.The music industry around the world