Incident 629: Shein Accused of AI-Driven Art Theft on Merchandise

Description: Artists Krista Perry, Larissa Martinez, and Jay Baron filed a lawsuit against Shein, alleging the company used AI to replicate their art on merchandise. The artists claim Shein's algorithm identifies trending online art, creating near-identical copies for their products without credit or compensation.


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Alleged: Shein developed an AI system deployed by Shein and Chris Xu, which harmed Krista Perry , Larissa Martinez , Jay Baron and digital artists.

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