Tennessee Subcommittee Passes ELVIS Act to Safeguard Musicians from AI Misuse

The Tennessee House Banking and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee unanimously approved the Ensuring Likeness Voice and Image Security Act (ELVIS) on February 13, aiming to shield musicians from exploitation by artificial intelligence (AI). Introduced by Governor Bill Lee in January 2024 and supported by State Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson and House Majority Leader William Lamberth, the bill targets unauthorized use of artists’ voice, image, and likeness. With Nashville being a key hub for the music industry, generating billions for the local economy, the ELVIS Act holds significant implications for the state’s workforce. During the subcommittee meeting, testimony from industry figures like singer Chrissy Metz and songwriter Jamie Moore emphasized the threat of AI-generated content to the music business, underscoring the importance of protecting creators’ rights.

As Nashville stands as a pivotal location for music creation and commerce, the bill’s approval highlights Tennessee’s commitment to preserving the integrity of its cultural and economic backbone. By addressing concerns related to unauthorized AI-generated content, the ELVIS Act underscores the importance of protecting artists’ rights and creativity in the digital age.