Tennessee enacts landmark law to shield musicians from AI exploitation

Tennessee has become the first U.S. state to pass a law to protect musicians and artists from the unauthorised use of their works by artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Governor Bill Lee signed the Ensuring Likeness Voice and Image Security (ELVIS) Act, which updates Tennessee’s personal rights protection laws, extending safeguards to encompass the voices of songwriters, performers, and music industry professionals against using artificial intelligence. The ELVIS Act addresses the growing concern in the music industry and beyond regarding the capabilities of generative AI technologies to create content that includes original sounds, lyrics, or entire compositions without explicit authorisation. This legislation is a protective measure for an industry vital to Tennessee’s cultural and economic identity.

Source: Canadian Lawyer



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