Music streaming company, Spotify has pulled thousands of songs generated by AI startup Boomy from its streaming platform.
According to Business Insider reports, the deduction took place after Universal Music Group (UMG) advised the streaming services of suspicious activities on tracks uploaded by Boomy, hinting that bots had been used to boost the songs’ numbers. Spotify then proceeded to remove around 7% of the tracks shared by Boomy.
In a statement sent to Insider, Spotify said: “Artificial streaming is a longstanding, industry-wide issue that Spotify is working to stamp out across our service.”
“When we identify or are alerted to potential cases of stream manipulation, we mitigate their impact by taking action that may include the removal of streaming numbers and the withholding of royalties,” it added. “This allows us to protect royalty payouts for honest, hardworking artists.”
The FT also previously reported that Universal told streaming platforms to block AI services from training themselves on its songs.
“You could say: compose a song that has the lyrics to be like Taylor Swift, but the vocals to be in the style of Bruno Mars, but I want the theme to be more Harry Styles,” a person close to the situation told the FT. “The output you get is due to the fact the AI has been trained on those artists’ intellectual property.”