The images generated by artificial intelligences are being banned by photo banks. Content created by AIs like DALL-E, Midjourney or Stable Diffusion may not be sold on these websites due to concerns about its legality.
Getty Images, one of the best-known image banks, has expressed your concern about future copyright claims. Not only towards the company itself, but towards the customers who could buy this content.
“There are real concerns regarding copyright of the results of these models and rights issues not addressed with respect to the images, the metadata of the images and the people contained in the images. We are being proactive for the benefit of our clients”, says Craig Peters, CEO of Getty Images, to TheVerge.
According to the outlet, “Peters says Getty Images will trust users to identify and report such imagesand that it is working with C2PA (the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity) to create filters”. Despite the measures, there is still no 100% reliable automatic filter.
For its part, Shutterstock is limiting searches for AI-generated content. “Image searches tagged ‘Midjourney’ turned up several photos with the AI tool’s unmistakable aesthetic, many of which had high popularity scores and were marked ‘frequently used’. But Monday night ‘Midjourney’ results appear to have shrunk, leaving mostly stock photos of the tool’s logo”, he points out Vice.
The use of artificial intelligence to create images has become more accessible to users in recent years. With the use of mobile phones and powerful cameras to create photos, combined with the ease of selling them to image banks, this content can end up generating legal problems because, like any technological novelty, the terms of its use have not been fully clarified.