Incident 421: Stable Diffusion Allegedly Used Artists' Works without Permission for AI Training

Description: Text-to-image model Stable Diffusion was reportedly using artists' original works without permission for its AI training.


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Lensa AI, the app making 'magic avatars,' raises red flags for artists · 2022

If your Instagram is awash in algorithmically generated portraits of your friends, you aren’t alone. After adding a new avatar generation tool based on Stable Diffusion, the photo editing app Lensa AI went viral over the last few days, with…

Lensa, the AI portrait app, has soared in popularity. But many artists question the ethics of AI art. · 2022

For many online, Lensa AI is a cheap, accessible profile picture generator. But in digital art circles, the popularity of artificial intelligence-generated art has raised major privacy and ethics concerns.

Lensa, which launched as a photo …

How Is Everyone Making Those A.I. Selfies? · 2022

Have you noticed that many of your friends are suddenly fairy princesses or space travelers? Is your Instagram feed overrun with Renaissance-style paintings of people who were definitely born in the ’90s? If so, you are entitled to an expla…

Artists can now opt out of the next version of Stable Diffusion · 2022

Artists will have the chance to opt out of the next version of one of the world’s most popular text-to-image AI generators, Stable Diffusion, the company behind it has announced.

Stability.AI will work with Spawning, an organization founded…

The Alt-Right Manipulated My Comic. Then A.I. Claimed It. · 2022

At 19, when I began drafting my webcomic, I had just been flung into adulthood. I felt a little awkward, a little displaced. The glittering veneer of social media, which back then was mostly Facebook, told me that everyone around me had the…

Stable Diffusion litigation · 2023

Hello. This is Matthew Butterick. I’m a writer, designer, programmer, and lawyer. In November 2022, I teamed up with the amazingly excellent class-action litigators Joseph Saveri, Cadio Zirpoli, and Travis Manfredi at the Joseph Saveri Law …

Artists sue AI art generators over copyright infringement · 2023

A group of artists — Sarah Andersen, Kelly McK­er­nan, and Karla Ortiz — have filed a class-action lawsuit against Midjourney and Stability AI, companies behind AI art tools Midjourney and Stable Diffusion, and DeviantArt, which recently la…

Lawsuits accuse AI content creators of misusing copyrighted work · 2023

(Reuters) - A group of visual artists has sued artificial intelligence companies Stability AI Ltd, Midjourney Inc, and DeviantArt Inc for copyright infringement, adding to a fast-emerging line of intellectual property disputes over AI-gener…

AI tools can create new images, but who is the real artist? · 2023

NEW YORK (AP) — Countless artists have taken inspiration from “The Starry Night” since Vincent Van Gogh painted the swirling scene in 1889.

Now artificial intelligence systems are doing the same, training themselves on a vast collection of …

Artists Attack AI: Why The New Lawsuit Goes Too Far · 2023

A group of artists has filed a first-of-its-kind copyright infringement lawsuit against the developers of popular AI art tools, but did they paint themselves into a corner?

Depending upon who you ask, AI-generated art is either poised to th…

This Tool Could Protect Artists From A.I.-Generated Art That Steals Their Style · 2023

Robots would come for humans’ jobs. That was guaranteed. The assumption generally was that they would take over manual labor, lifting heavy pallets in a warehouse and sorting recycling.

Now significant advances in generative artificial inte…

AI companies ask U.S. court to dismiss artists' copyright lawsuit · 2023

(Reuters) - Stability AI, Midjourney, and DeviantArt fired back Tuesday at a group of artists who accused them of committing mass copyright infringement by using the artists' work in generative AI systems.

The companies asked a San Francisc…


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