Citing copyright concerns, Getty Images blocks AI-generated content

Image created by DALL-E 2 based on the script directed “60s art of a cow being kidnapped by a UFO in the Midwest” (Image by Encik Tekateki via Wikimedia Commons)

With a new world of visual possibilities recently opened by artificial intelligence (AI) image generators such as DALL-E and Midjourney, there is also a new world of potential legal complications. Looking to overcome problems before they start, Getty Images – Huge resource for photographs – has Banning download and sale of all content created with AI art tools. The technology can quickly create multiple image snapshots from user-provided text prompts, with results ranging from sillybeautiful realisticto me Somewhat a nightmareto me Really the worst thing ever.

But where does the source material for these AI robots come from? For the most part, it is scraped and remixed from the work of human artists, who use the Internet as a place for their work to connect with audiences and potential buyers. Some do not see this as deprivation For artists who have worked hard to develop a personal brand, but also It offers legal quicksand to image sites that decide to trade AI-engineered content.

Effective immediately, Getty Images will stop accepting all submissions created with AI generation models (eg Stable Diffusion, Dall-E 2, MidJourney, etc.), and previous submissions that use such models, said a statement distributed this week by the company to the media and its image providers.” “There are open questions regarding the copyright of the output of these models and there are unaddressed rights issues regarding the base images and metadata used to train these models .”

The statement clarified that the restrictions on submissions do not prevent 3D rendering or affect the use of digital editing tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

When asked how many images currently on the website will be affected by the new policy, Craig Peters, CEO of Getty Images, said: “As far as we know, they are very limited within our creative content library, and there were already important controls in place for our editing display. We are reaching out to companies and other communities to understand their views regarding these issues, how legal or regulatory bodies can approach them and whether we will help resolve them.”

Getty’s decision to remove and limit such content reflects equivalent actions put in place by image sites such as Newgrounds And the fur affinity.

“Our whole goal is to bring creatives together in a safe, honest and vibrant community to create great images, so using 100% automated generated images, while making amazing progress, is not something that helps our community,” reads September 14 statement By PurplePort CEO Ross Freeman on banning AI art on the site. “I feel that the use of machine-generated images, while enabling everyone to participate in creating art, does not reflect the primary purpose of our service, and does not contain sufficient human input.”

Peters told edge That Getty Images will rely on users to identify and report these images, and that it is working with C2PA (the Alliance for Content Creation and Authentication) to create filters to screen artificial intelligence content. Other major stock image providers, such as Shutterstock and Adobe Stock, have not yet explicitly banned AI content for sale, but the entire industry is in line with how current discourse around artistic personalization is impacting via regulatory law, which often tends to track technological innovation by years or years. Even decades.

This leaves plenty of time for the digital art space to continue to be inundated with bizarre, proliferating corpses, which seem to be aesthetic space The art of AI is always thriving – and a lot of wasted time is lost for artists trying to protect their intellectual property by playing a losing streak against the internet.

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