Legal uncertainty is still surrounding the work obtained from AI text-to-image generators. AI software is trained on billions of images and afferent descriptions already on the web. Most popular image-generating softwares using artificial intelligence include Dall-E2, MIdjourney, GPT-3, Stable Diffusion by Nividia, Photoshop, Google tools, etc. Such software allows infinite creative combinations of images, all based on a written prompt. This new technology combines a neural network called CLIP which connects words to images, and a series of preexisting image-generation models, and it evolves at a speeding rate. This combination resulted in the kind of technology almost unheard of a couple of months ago, which startles through its technical capacity. Still, it also poses a series of ethical issues (DAll-E by itself is trained on 650 million previously existing and probably copyrighted images).
Questions are still surrounding this relatively new area of technology and art production: who has the copyright for the new images or videos obtained from text to Image generators? How can this new product of AI be used? Or what is the value of these visual works on the stock photography market?
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More and more companies are developing their own AI text-to-image tools or are starting to accept buying and selling images and videos produced by AI generators. The common understanding is to accept this new technology as a helping tool meant to enhance and enrich users’ needs in different areas, either in artwork creation or other specific demands for commercial use. Some stock companies are even starting to develop individualized partnerships with client companies and leading brands who ask for specific products.
In the world of art, some artists are welcoming AI-generated images, excited about the infinite possibilities it opens for artistic means (Matthew Stone in his last exhibition, Alexander Reben) although still based on the human imagination; other people who never created art before start using this tool and develop their own art (such are some new art presented by Bitforms Gallery in the group show “the first DALL-E-inspired art exhibition” between October 26th to December 29th, 2022).
Some AI generators like Midjourney are refining their technology to better assist users in their work by allowing a free-flowing of individual text prompts on public chat servers so people can get inspired by other prompts and images already created. This idea bouncing into a large pool of other users can potentially educate users on how to do their text prompting, teaching them to add more detail to their search and to look deeply at how the software works. This way, both the AI and the human creators are learning continuously.
Other stock photography companies are shaping new rules and copyright to accept and sell AI-generated material in a safe, legal and ethical environment. This new technology has enormous popularity and infinite commercial potential in addition to the artistic capacities and the considerable impact on human imagination, a kind of daydreaming.
One of the leading stock photography companies, Dreamstime, embraces new technology and ideas and explores incorporating AI image creation into its stock under clearly defined legal and ethical conditions. This frame of how to use artificial intelligence-inspired art is necessary to protect but also to help its users in their commercial or artistic pursuits.
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Dreamstime will start accepting AI-generated images and imagery that includes AI generated content under the following conditions:
Contributors must have all rights for the generated images (please note that some AI tools only give complete rights to imagery generated through them if you register for paid service).
Image description must state clearly that the image is generated with the use of an AI
One of the categories selected for the image must be Illustrations and Clip Art/AI generated. Contributors will not upload images of generated people’s faces as it is impossible to provide a model release for them.
All other terms and conditions of our site must be met in addition to the above specific rules.
Link to the rest at Dreamstime and thanks to T. for the tip.
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