AI Copyright In Spotlight After Platforms Pull “Fake Drake” Song

Drake and The Weeknd have a claim under conventional copyright law given that the in question song is not something the artists ever composed or sang, as highlighted by AI Copyright In Focus After Platforms Pull “Fake Drake” Song.

A viral AI song that replicates Drake and The Weeknd’s vocals has been pulled from multiple streaming platforms following a complaint from label Universal Music Group (UMG).

Driving the news: “Heart on My Sleeve” was removed from Spotify and Apple Music on Monday. By Tuesday, it was removed from YouTube, Amazon, SoundCloud, Tidal, Deezer, and TikTok — where it was streamed 15 million times after being originally uploaded on the platform by a user called Ghostwriter977. Some versions were still available online.

  • Ghostwriter977 said in a since-deleted post that they wrote and produced the AI-generated vocals for the rap song.

By the numbers: The song that was played 600,000 times on Spotify and attracted 275,000 views on YouTube was widely shared on social media, with one clip posted to Twitter that has since been disabled garnering 20 million clicks.

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