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Nashville musicians worried AI could deprive them of their right to make a living: Sen. Blackburn

EXCLUSIVE: Nashville musicians are increasingly worried about complications with artificial intelligence’s growing sophistication that could threaten their livelihood, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., warned this week.

“We met with the Nashville Technology Council a couple of weeks ago, and we have talked with so many of the musicians. They’re concerned that using AI, they will do a copycat of their voice and take the lyrics of their song, which you can get on ChatGPT,” Blackburn told Fox News Digital during an interview in her Senate office.

ChatGPT “pulls it right up, and then you can lay in that voice. Give me a voice that sounds like Garth Brooks. Give me a voice that sounds like Reba McEntire singing,” the senator said.

“And you can get that type of generation through these platforms that exist … and that means the artist makes no money, so you’re depriving them of their constitutional right to benefit from their work,” Blackburn added.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., started the hearing by letting an AI-generated voice that sounded like his read part of an AI-generated opening statement.

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“Can you commit, as you’ve done with consumer data, not to train AI models on artists’ and songwriters’ copyrighted works, or use their voices and their likenesses without first receiving their consent?” Blackburn asked Altman,

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Garth Brooks performs on stage with a guitar in all black outfit

ChatGPT “pulls it right up, and then you can lay in that voice. Give me a voice that sounds like Garth Brooks (pictured). Give me a voice that sounds like Reba McEntire singing,” Blackburn said   (Shannon Finney)

Blackburn signaled to Fox News Digital that she was dissatisfied with Altman’s answer.

“I think he showed he was aware of those concerns, but he did not have answers,” she said. “And that is going to mean that Congress needs to step in and look for similar situations.

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