Getty sues Stable Diffusion, and the future of AI art could be at stake

From PC World: Getty Images, one of the power players in the stock-image market, is suing the owner of AI art tool Stable Diffusion for copyright infringement—a case that could help determine the limits of what AI art can legally generate.

As unearthed by The Verge, Getty is suing Stability AI, maker of Stable Diffusion, in a London court, claiming that Stability AI infringed the rights of copyright owned or represented by Getty Images. “Getty Images’ position that Stability AI unlawfully copied and processed millions of images protected by copyright and the associated metadata owned or represented by Getty Images absent a license to benefit Stability AI’s commercial interests and to the detriment of the content creators,” Getty said in a statement.

On Friday, Feb. 3, Getty also sued Stability AI in a U.S. court as well, illegally used 12 million of Getty’s licensed images to train its model. As proof, it pointed to watermarks that were preserved in the process, indicative that Getty’s images were used. So far, Stability AI hasn’t responded to the suit.

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