Getty Images blocks AI-generated content amid copyright concerns

The company said it made the decision due to “open questions” about the copyright of the AI-generated images, although the ban could be difficult to enforce.

Getty Images has issued a ban on uploading and selling images generated by artificial intelligence on its platform.

The image repository shared a note to contributors saying that images from text-to-image generators such as Stable Diffusion, Midjourney, and OpenAI’s own DALL-E will not be allowed on the site.

The note he saw betapixel He said there are “open questions” surrounding the copyright of AI-generated images, along with uncertainty surrounding the data on which AI models are trained.

“These changes do not prevent rendering of 3D renderings and do not affect the use of digital editing tools in relation to image editing and creation,” Getty Images said.

Getty Images CEO Craig Peters said: the edge That decision came from a combination of the company’s legal concerns and a desire to protect its customers.

“There are real copyright concerns about the output of these models and rights issues that have not been addressed with respect to the images, the image metadata, and the individuals in the images,” Peters said.

Enforcing the ban, however, can be tricky, with Peters telling The Verge that the company will rely on users to identify and report AI-generated images. Getty Images is also working on new filters to keep these images off-site.

The rise of artificial intelligence art

AI-generated images are becoming more popular this year with new text-to-image models available. These models provide new possibilities for users – including using their generations for commercial purposes.

But legal questions have been raised, such as who really owns the images and whether they could infringe existing copyrighted works.

JumpStory co-founder Jonathan Low told that there is a A growing ‘legal minefield’ About the use of images generated by artificial intelligence for commercial purposes. He also said that the legal risk may lie with the end user if their commercially used image enters into a copyright dispute.

“Although Open-AI, Midjourney, and others claim that their photos can be used commercially, their terms and conditions still state that they do not offer you any type of financial aid insurance if you run into a legal problem,” Løw said. “So at the end of the day, you are taking all risk as a user.”

Some online art communities also have raised issues With the ethics of images generated by artificial intelligence and began to ban them from their sites.

Polish digital artist Greg Rutkowski recently claimed Many of his landscape illustrations are being used by Stable Diffusion AI to create new images based on his work.

And the The artwork created by artificial intelligence has sparked controversy Last month after she won an award in a fine art competition at the Colorado State Fair. The winning image was created using AI to convert text to image in Midjourney, and some criticized the creator for what they saw as a blatant disregard for artistic practices.

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