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Over 180 musicians sign open letter against Spotify speech monitoring patent

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Spotify’s speech monitoring patent.The streaming company had a patent approved earlier this year for a piece of technology that can monitor and record both users’ speech and background noise to help curate music for Spotify users.Now, the likes of Tom Morello, Laura Jane Grace, DIIV, Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis, Downtown Boys, Talib Kweli and many more have signed an open letter calling on Spotify to never use, license or sell the patent.

It was also backed by a number of organisations including the Union of Musicians and Allied Workers.The letter, which is addressed to co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek, lists the artists’ and groups’ concerns, including that the patient will be used to monitor users’ emotional states, discriminate against trans.

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