Partner Peter Nunn discussed the recent cases brought against AI image generators in The Times. In both the US and the UK, following the rise in popularity of AI image generators, several artists have expressed concern that their original works are being plagiarised.
The image generators work by feeding their models with billions of images to train them to recognise patterns, which allows them to create a picture in seconds, in any art style. Some artists fear their styles are being copied and have demanded their images be cut from the datasets. In the UK, Getty Images has launched legal proceedings, claiming copyright infringement.
Peter said: "If Getty Images is successful in the UK claim, the court could award it substantial damages and grant an injunction preventing Stability AI from continuing to use the copyright works of Getty Images. This could have knock-on effects, deterring other AI innovators from scraping the internet to use content without the owners’ consent, but also prompting governments to speed up changes to their intellectual property laws so as to permit greater use of protected works in the training of AI programmes."
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