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‘Concerned’: ‘Kiss’ Legend Gene Simmons Says Legislation Needs To Be Passed On AI

During a new appearance on “Piers Morgan Uncensored”KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was asked if he is “excited or worried about artificial intelligence, particularly [as it relates to] the music business.” He responded:

“Music business aside, I am concerned about the lack of legislation. When you enter a new, let’s say a new planet, you’re about to land on a new [planet], well, clearly there’s opportunity there, there are minerals and things — all kinds of opportunities. Without rules of the game… It’s like playing sports without rules. Who’s gonna do what? You need some rules that are kind and beneficial to mankind, womankind, transkind, all kinds of kinds. Okay, does that cover everybody?”

He continued: “The problem with AI is not… AI is here, whether you like it or not. So let’s look at it smartly and let’s pass legislation. AI creates a song using my voice, or what sounds like my voice, with a new song, and it sounds just like me and it definitely sounds like that kind of a thing. So when you buy it, who owns the copyright and the publishing, if AI did that? So, is it me, because it sounds like me? You could swear it was me. So these are uncharted [territories].”

Asked if he cares if AI uses his voice to create a new song, Gene said: “We can make a deal.”

BEATLES legend Paul McCartney expressed similar concerns when he said that AI is dangerous, on many levels, starting with the fact that the technology can change one person’s voice into sounding like another more famous singer. Beatles drummer Ringo Starr said that the Beatles would never allow AI to be used to create a fake AI John Lennon voice on future Beatles song releases.

This past April, Universal Music had a song called “Heart On My Sleeve”, which used deep-faked vocals from their artists Drake and The Weeknd, removed from the streaming services, claiming in a statement that “the training of generative AI using our artists’ music” was “a violation of copyright law”.