A vote in the European Parliament has laid the groundwork for final negotiations on what EU officials call “the world’s first rules for artificial intelligence.” Meanwhile, reactions from the early music industry to the advances in comprehensive legislation appear to be positive.
The European Parliament announced today in a formal release that the AI law is “a step closer” to adoption after the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs gave the green light to the above had given a negotiating mandate.
The mandate was adopted with 84 votes in favor (7 against and 12 abstentions) and contains several proposed amendments Extensive AI Act framework Needless to say, artificial intelligence (including its spread and applications) has evolved dramatically in the meantime, as part of an ongoing evolution that shows little sign of slowing down.
According to the EU Summary Due to the legislature’s proposed changes to the AI Act, the MPs involved have “substantially amended” a list of prohibited practices to “include bans on intrusive and discriminatory uses of AI systems”. These applications include real-time biometric identification in public spaces and the “random reading of biometric data from social media or CCTV footage to create facial recognition databases.”
Likewise, extensions are said to have reached parts of the legislation that concern “high-risk AI” (now also “harm to the health, safety, fundamental rights or the environment” of people) and rule exceptions (“for research activities and AI components according to Section 2.1”) “Open Source Licenses”) and of course protected media such as music.
“Generative foundation models like GPT would need to meet additional transparency requirements, such as disclosing that the content was generated by AI, designing the model to prevent it from generating illegal content, and publishing summaries of proprietary data that used for training,” reads the EU summary of the multifaceted development.
Brussels’ GESAC approached Digital Music News with an early response to the latter proposals and the “welcome” vote on the AI law.
“Transparency and accountability standards are needed regarding datasets used to train AI tools that generate new content based on authors’ pre-existing works,” said GESAC GM Véronique Desbrosses. “We welcome the positive direction of the European Parliament and trust that this will translate into a clear and effective commitment in the final version of the AI law.”
As for the timing of the publication of this version, the aforementioned publication on the votes in committee indicates that the whole European Parliament must agree to the draft negotiating mandate before talks with the European Council “on the final form of the law” can start. The relevant vote is expected to take place during the June 12-15 plenary session.