Voiceify sued for training AI with copyrighted material

Occurred: March 2024

UK-based voice cloning company Voiceify has been accused of infringing on the sound recording copyrights of musicians and other creators. 

Voiceify’s platform uses AI voice cloning to create vocal covers, generating new versions of songs with vocals mimicking different artists by extracting acapella tracks from YouTube videos, modifying them with AI vocal models, and providing users with unauthorised copies of altered elements and remixed recordings.

Complaints about Voiceify prompted the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) to issue a formal legal letter outlining its concerns about copyright infringement. Critics and commentators also pointed out that misusing AI by stealing others’ creativity harms the livelihoods of creators, and undermines trust between artists, fans, and platforms.

Operator: Voiceify AI
Developer: Voiceify AI
Country: UK; USA
Sector: Media/entertainment/sports/arts
Purpose: Generate audio
Technology: Text-to-speech; Deepfake - audio; Generative adversarial network (GAN); Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning
Issue: Copyright; Employment
Transparency: Governance; Marketing