February 1, 2023
News The company wants a future where AI art "respects intellectual property." Triff/Shutterstock.com, Stable Diffusion Last month, we explained that it’s only a matter of time before AI art tools like Stable Diffusion are the subject of copyright or IP lawsuits. Getty Images now says that it’s taking Stability AI to court. This is the…

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The company wants a future where AI art “respects intellectual property.”

Triff/Shutterstock.com, Stable Diffusion

Last month, we explained that it’s only a matter of time before AI art tools like Stable Diffusion are the subject of copyright or IP lawsuits. Getty Images now says that it’s taking Stability AI to court. This is the first meaningful lawsuit against an AI image-generating company.

Details of the lawsuit are mostly unknown. Legal proceedings were filed in London’s High Court of Justice, with Getty Images claiming that Stability AI (the maker of Stable Diffusion) unlawfully “copied and processed millions of images protected by copyright and the associated metadata owned or represented by Getty Images.”

Essentially, Getty Images claims that its stock photos were included in Stability AI’s training data without any form of licensing or compensation. You don’t need to be a lawyer or a rocket scientist to prove that this is true—Stable Diffusion occasionally spits out images with watermarks from Getty Images, Shutterstock, and other stock photo platforms. I coaxed Stable Diffusion into producing such an image, which…

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