Scammers used AI-generated Frank Ocean songs to steal hundreds of {dollars}

Extra AI-generated music mimicking a well-known artist has made the rounds — whereas making a number of cash for the scammer passing it off as real. A set of pretend Frank Ocean songs bought for a reported $13,000 CAD ($9,722 in US {dollars}) final month on a music-leaking discussion board dedicated to the Grammy-winning singer, according to Vice. If the story sounds acquainted, it’s primarily a recycling of final month’s AI Drake / The Weeknd fiasco.

As generative AI takes the world by storm — Google simply devoted most of its I/O 2023 keynote to it — folks desperate to make a fast buck by unscrupulous means are seizing the second earlier than copyright legal guidelines catch up. It’s additionally triggered complications for Spotify, which not too long ago pulled not simply Pretend Drake however tens of hundreds of other AI-generated tracks after receiving complaints from Common Music.

The scammer, who used the deal with mourningassasin, instructed Vice they employed somebody to make “round 9” Ocean songs utilizing “very high-quality vocal snippets” of the Thinkin Bout You singer’s voice. The consumer posted a clip from one of many faux tracks to a leaked-music discussion board and claims to have shortly satisfied its customers of its authenticity. “Immediately, I observed everybody began to imagine it,” mourningassasin stated. The truth that Ocean hasn’t launched a brand new album since 2016 and not too long ago teased an upcoming follow-up to Blond could have added to the eagerness to imagine the songs had been actual.

The scammer claims a number of folks expressed curiosity in non-public messages, providing to “pay large cash for it.” They reportedly fetched $3,000 to $4,000 for every track in mid to late April. The consumer has since been banned from the leaked-music discussion board, which can be having an existential disaster as AI-generated music makes it simpler than ever to supply convincing knockoffs. “This example has put a serious dent in our server’s credibility, and can end in mistrust from any new and unverified vendor all through these communities,” stated the proprietor of a Discord server the place the faux tracks gained traction.

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