Getty Images bans illustrations created by artificial intelligence

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AI-generated art appears in galleries around the world, but no longer on Getty Images

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Getty Images, which supplies photography and illustrations to news services and businesses, has banned the sale of AI-generated artwork on its website over fears of copyright lawsuits , reported The Verge.

AI art generators like DALL-E and Midjourney have grown in popularity over the past year as they allow hobby artists to create impressive digital artwork using text prompts. AI art has been sold at Christie’s auction house and featured in galleries around the world. However, many photo distribution sites are grappling with the implications of selling to customers.

These AI art generation sites search the web for existing images that are not copyrighted to create new images, often copying the aesthetic of an existing image and combining multiple images together. While the technology is currently legal, some artists whose images have inspired AI art have called for more protections, especially when AI art is used commercially.

Getty CEO Craig Peters did not say whether or not the company was involved in a lawsuit related to AI art, and he said the move protects Getty customers.

Other photo distribution sites, including Newgrounds, PurplePort and FurAffinity, have already banned AI-generated content, and although Shutterstock, Getty’s biggest competitor, appears to be removing the images from search results, it has not yet banned them.

Getty Images bans illustrations created by artificial intelligence

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