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The discover server known as “AI Hub Discord” has been taken down following a copyright ownership complaint by RIAA.
What is (or was) the AI Hub Discord?
This AI hub discord link was a gateway to a world of artificial intelligence that almost none of the users had previously been exposed to. We can confidently say this, because audio AI is still in its infancy, even more so than text-based AI like OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
One of the lesser discussed verticals of generative AI, audio generation clearly has a bustling and vibrant community ready and waiting to jump on the next app. Specifically music generation, where cutting-edge chatbots act as your writing assistant, and AI models like Googles’ MusicLM produce the music itself. This was the purpose of the AI Hub discord server – a hub of innovation for like-minded individuals to research and develop AI-generated music.
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The idyllic definition above differs depending on who you ask, of course. To the RIAA, these AI enthusiasts and their creation of AI voice models is a serious threat. It was only earlier this year that a Drake song went viral for having no input from the Canadian rapper himself and still getting nominated for a Grammy. While initially quelled by every single major record label in the western world, the inevitability of this becoming the new norm lead to UMG instead discussing a deal with Google that turns the business models weakness into a strength.
Why was the discord server shut down?
RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has had the discord servers run under that name removed, on the grounds of copyright infringement. The association, which “advocates for recorded music and the people and companies that create it in the United States”, issued a subpoena to the open discord, resulting in a DMCA take down. By this point, over 145,000+ members had joined via an AI Hub discord server link being shared online.
The infringing content in question allegedly included the works of Stevie Wonder, Ludacris, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, 50 Cent, Rihanna, Madonna, Shawn Mendes, Shakira, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Olivia Rodrigo, Bruno Mars, and Logic.