There are more and more stock images generated by artificial intelligence. Shutterstock and Getty don’t like it at all

The increasing possibilities offered by image generators such as crayon, DALL-E 2, Midjourney Y stable diffusion have aroused the commercial interest of some people. Something like: “How about we create art with these artificial intelligence (AI) powered programs and we sell it on the web?”.

It was, perhaps, an alternative to make money relatively easily. Despite the controversy such a move could generate, large image banks had not defined clear rules on the sale and upload of images generated by AI, until now, that they are beginning to take action on the matter.

Copyright, the next challenge

Copyright is a constantly evolving issue, although, in general, the laws in charge of protecting them lag behind the challenges presented by new dynamics and technological advances. In 2008, a monkey took a selfie. When it arrived at Wikimedia Commons in 2011, a debate was opened.

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Who owns the copyright to the selfie? Naruto, the lovable crested macaque from Indonesia, or someone else? The development of the story gives for an entire article, but, in short, it was not until 2018 that the American justice determined that the monkeybeing an animal, could not own the copyright to the image.

We are experiencing a similar scenario with AI-powered image generators. One question is: who owns the copyright of the creative works created with these programs, which are often made up of elements from artists and professional photographers who have their own copyright?

Certainly, there is currently no consensus. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), for example, points out that only people can be the authors of creative works, so these AI-based creations are in a kind of limbo. However, everything seems to indicate that the rules will be updated at this time.

Image banks take their stand

This is one of the reasons why image banks are rethinking their position on works generated by artificial intelligence programs. Until a few days ago it was common to find users selling stock illustrations primarily generated by Midjourney on these platforms.

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A search for “ai-generated” on Shutterstock returned a good number of results. Since “kids with backpacks“until a”cute artist robot“, going by “an abstract image of autumn“. In all these cases, the users who uploaded the images indicated in the description that they had been created with AI.

Now, according to Vice, Shutterstock reportedly started removing AI-generated imagesalthough their Terms of Service they currently do not explicitly prohibit them. More drastic has been the movement of Getty Images, Newgrounds, PurplePort and FurAffinity, which have recently decided to ban them.

Speaking to The VergeGetty Images CEO Craig Peters said ‚Äúthere are real concerns regarding the copyright of the results of these models and unaddressed rights issues regarding the images, the image metadata and the people contained within. in the pictures”.

Consequently, the American image bank has begun to work with C2PA (the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity) to create filters and avoid this type of content. In addition, users will be supported to identify and report jobs that do not comply with the new terms of the platform.

This is just one of the discussions surrounding imagers. Some argue that these can reproduce harmful stereotypes Y who claim that they are an open door to create more accurate deepfakes. It remains to be seen how this matter will evolve over time.

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