Feb 9, 2024 5 min read

Setlist Podcast: AI developments cause celebration and concern

The music industry welcomes the final draft of the EU AI Act but sees plans for the UK to develop an AI code of conduct collapse, and allegations that the BBC is going head to head with its commercial rivals by launching new decade and genre specific music radio stations

Setlist Podcast: AI developments cause celebration and concern

On this week's show we discuss new developments on AI in the EU and UK that have given the music industry cause for both celebration and concern, and the commercial radio industry's anger as BBC Radio looks to give music fans more choice.

01: AI regulation (00:05:24)
02: News in brief (00:15:52)
03: BBC Radio (00:19:11)
(Timings may be slightly different due to adverts)


Music industry welcomes EU member states agreeing AI Act
EU member states have endorsed the final draft of the EU AI Act, which will regulate many uses of artificial intelligence. The music industry is particularly interested in the new rules covering the use of copyright protected works when training generative AI models
Planned UK code of practice on copyright and AI shelved
Government-led attempts to negotiate an agreement between the creative industries and the tech sector in relation to copyright and AI have failed. It’s a set back for the music industry, which wants clarity regarding the legal obligations of those using existing content to train AI models
Government needs to “urgently reconsider” approach to copyright and AI, says culture committee Chair
The government yesterday confirmed that efforts to negotiate a voluntary code of practice on copyright and AI have failed. As a result, the Chair of Parliament’s culture select committee says, the government now needs to urgently reconsider how it deals the the copyright challenges created by AI
Commercial radio sector calls on OfCom to block BBC’s plans for four new radio stations
The BBC’s plans to launch four new radio stations have been criticised by the commercial radio sector, which argues that the proposed new genre and decade specific services simply replicate what commercial stations are already doing. Trade body Radiocentre says OfCom should block the move


Spotify CEO slams Apple in earnings calls and hints at more job cuts
As Spotify releases its earnings for Q4 2023 - which show the company lost €446 million in 2023 - CEO Daniel Ek criticised Apple’s approach to implementing the EU Digital Markets Act and warned that there may be more job cuts coming.
Warner Music’s Kyncl goes big on importance of major labels and data, says he is confident UMG TikTok dispute will be resolved.
Speaking to investors on a call about Warner Music’s Q4 earnings, CEO Robert Kyncl said that major music companies are only becoming more important as technology advances. He also said that he is “confident” that Universal and TikTok will resolve their current dispute and agree a new licensing deal
Michelle Jubelirer stands down as Capitol CEO as Universal Music restructure goes into effect
As Universal Music restructures its US recordings business, the boss of one of its big divisions there has resigned. Michelle Jubelirer was CEO of the Capitol Music Group, most of which will now be subsumed by the major’s Interscope Geffen A&M division
Indie labels say Apple’s new payment model will take money from their artists to benefit the majors
The Financial Times has spoken to a number of independent labels that are critical of the changes being made to Apple Music’s payment model so that more money flows to spatial available tracks - they say the changes benefit the majors and will “badly impact” on the revenues received by indies
Megan Thee Stallion marks “beginning of a new chapter” with Warner deal
Megan Thee Stallion has signed a deal with Warner Music which will distribute and support upcoming releases via her company Hot Girl Productions. This follows the settlement of a legal dispute with the rapper’s former label 1501 Certified Entertainment last October


Music mogul Irving Azoff and Apple exec Eddy Cue build their ultimate golf course
The worlds of music and tech have merged like never before with Ladera Golf Club, Golf Digest’s Best New Private Course of 2023.
And Finally! Irving Azoff and Eddy Cue’s new golf course is open for business. And no, you can’t join.
Artist manager Irving Azoff and Apple exec Eddy Cue have opened a golf course on a 300 acre former lemon grove in California, which already boasts Harry Styles as a member. We look at this and more of this week’s most amusing music new stories
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