The Future. The Grammys Board of Trustees announced new rules for the award show this Friday, with one effectively disqualifying AI-generated works. While the rules look cut and dry at first glance, they may actually leave loopholes for more AI-assistance than expected… or desired.
Muting the machines
The Grammys’ new rule dictates that “only human creators are eligible to be submitted for consideration for, nominated for, or win a GRAMMY Award. A work that contains no human authorship is not eligible in any Category.”
And if a work that does incorporate some AI wants to be considered, it must:
- Have a “meaningful” amount of human work overall
- Possess a “meaningful” (there’s that word again) amount of human work in whatever category it’s being submitted for
- And “the author(s) of any AI material incorporated into the work” won’t be eligible
While the Grammys seem to be positioning themselves as anti-AI (as most arts and entertainment organizations are), the wording may inadvertently lead to confusion — What is considered meaningful? Who is the author of AI-generated content? Are the authors of copyrighted material used to generate AI-assisted works barred from eligibility?