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LimeWire Expands AI Offerings With Image-to-Image Generation

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In Brief

  • LimeWire acquires generative image platform BlueWillow, enhancing its AI tool for artists to generate revenue.
  • Content creators on LimeWire are expected to get a 50-70% cut of advertising revenue; subscribers will receive 10%.
  • UMG-Deezer deal promises to boost artist revenues; AI-generated songs won't qualify for extra streaming revenue.
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LimeWire has acquired a generative image platform to enhance its artificial intelligence tool that allows artists to generate revenue. In addition to images generated from text, the platform, BlueWillow, offers AI Studio users the simpler option of creating images from images.

LimeWire content creators will take between a 50 and 70% cut of advertising revenue their content earns, depending on their status within the community. Their subscribers will receive a 10% cut.

LimeWire Pushes to Become Web3 Content Hub

According to LimeWire co-CEOs Paul and Julian Zehetmayr, the move strengthens their position as a champion of creator-driven content.

“This is more than an acquisition; it’s the merger of a shared vision and innovation. Welcoming BlueWillow amplifies our commitment to both the artist and creator community. Together, we’re shaping the future of AI-driven content creation and creativity.”

Instead of generating images from text prompts, image-to-image AI can change the style of an original image. One platform, Runway, allows the user to vary the level of creativity it applies to uploaded images by assigning weights to prompts.

Learn more about AI image generators here.

Last month, LimeWire launched a product that enabled creatives to earn royalties from content they create. Under the new model, artists can upload vocal or music performances that others can use to create their own AI music. The platform will split the revenues between content creators and content users.

Generative AI's use in music is expected to rise to around $2.6 billion by 2032.
Software and services are expected to grow to $2.6 billion by 2032 | Source: Markets.us

Streaming platforms faced pressure for letting large-language models generate new content from song data. Video streaming giant YouTube recently enlisted the help of a UMG taskforce to promote innovation while protecting content copyrights.

Artists to Get Revenue Boost From UMG-Deezer Deal

Since the launch of streaming, artists have earned fractions of a penny for each time someone played their music. Two weeks ago, UMG and French streaming platform Deezer said artists with a minimum of 1,000 streams per month would have twice the weight of streams from so-called “non-professional” artists.

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In addition, if a listener searches for an artist and listens to a song, Deezer would quadruple its payout. Deezer CEO Jeronimo Folguiera said AI-generated songs would not qualify for extra streaming revenue.

Recently, Universal Music Group (UMG) and Google were in alleged talks over a tool that could better compensate artists when their content is used in generative AI music.

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David Thomas graduated from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, with an Honors degree in electronic engineering. He worked as an engineer for eight years, developing software for industrial processes at South African automation specialist Autotronix (Pty) Ltd., mining control systems for AngloGold Ashanti, and consumer products at Inhep Digital Security, a domestic security company wholly owned by Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy. He has experience writing software in C,...
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