Today marks a crucial milestone in the advancement of the European Union’s AI Act, as member states convene to potentially endorse the current version of the legislation.
Over 200 organizations, representing the creative and media sectors, joined forces yesterday to issue a collective statement advocating for approval. This coalition includes various music industry bodies and collecting societies, starting from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
The statement highlights that the text agreed upon by the trilogue negotiators suggests minimal obligations for ‘General Purpose AI Models.’ According to the statement, these obligations serve as a foundational framework to empower European creators and rights holders, ensuring the respect of their rights and requiring authorization for the use of their content.
For those interested in the full statement, it is available here.
In parallel developments, the UK collecting society PRS for Music has outlined its “fundamental principles” for engaging with AI and policymakers. These principles revolve around safeguarding human creativity, providing choice in the use of music works for AI training, emphasizing transparency, and fostering global cooperation with partners.