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AI generated images face Getty ban as privacy and ownership concerns grow

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Getty Images has banned the upload and sale of any images generated by an AI—a bid to keep itself safe from any legal issues that may arise from what is effectively a Wild West of art generation today. «There are real concerns with respect to the copyright of outputs from these models and unaddressed rights issues with respect to the imagery, the image metadata and those individuals contained within the imagery,» Getty Images CEO Craig Peters told The Verge(opens in new tab).

With the rise of AI art tools such as DALL-E, Stable Diffusion, and Midjourney, among others, there have been a sudden influx of AI-generated images on the web.

For the most part, we've seen these images come and go as entertaining gaffs on Twitter and other social media platforms, but as these AI algorithms become more complex and effective at image creation, we'll see these images used for a whole lot more.

And that's a business that Getty, one of the leading curated image library providers, wants to stay well clear of. Getty's CEO refused to say if the company had already received legal challenges regarding AI-generated images, though did assert that it had «extremely limited» AI-generated content in its library.

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