Artists Concerned About AI-Generated Artworks

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are producing new visuals in the same style by utilizing imaging data from photographs and paintings. DALL-E, Midjourney and Stable Diffusion are among the AI techniques that may make images that replicate the styles of real artists. An image, such as “a cat in the style of Van Gogh,” can be requested by the user, and the AI tool will generate it promptly. This causes contemporary artists to fear that their creations may be imitated without their consent. The AI businesses who created the photos are the target of two new legal cases.

Getty Images is the plaintiff in one of the cases. Seattle, Washington, is home to the American business. The rights to millions of photos and other images are owned by it. Getty is claiming that Stability AI, a London-based business, is infringing on its copyright. Copyright safeguards creative works of authors, such as pictures and artwork. The creator has the option to sell the piece or provide permission to others to use it.

This year, three active artists also filed lawsuits against DeviantArt, Midjourney, and Stability AI. According to the artists, the AI images produced by the corporations unfairly “compete in the marketplace with the original images.” David Holz, CEO of Midjourney, recently discussed the problem with The Associated Press. He said, “It’s okay for people to look at other people’s pictures and learn from it and make a similar picture; if it weren’t, then it would destroy the whole professional art industry.” The cases are being filed at a moment when worries about new AI tools are intensifying. These include image, audio, computer code, and readable text creation systems. Some experts, such as engineer Wael Abd-Almageed, fear that AI technology may become overly sophisticated.

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