Artists Sarah Andersen, Kelly McKernan and Carla Ortiz have filed a lawsuit against Stability AI and Midjourney.
These research companies are developing neural networks that generate images based on user descriptions.
The artists claim that the network's creators copied billions of images available on the Internet to produce new ones whilst not receiving consent from the images' owners, so they have violated copyright. Additionally, the pictures obtained by the neural network are considered secondary. The lawyer for this case, Matthew Butterick, stated that what has occurred "would cause irreparable damage to the art market."
Artificial intelligence organisations are increasingly facing ethical issues. However, despite the promise and importance of development in this field, the consequences of mistakes in applying AI can be negative and even dangerous. In this respect, on December the 13th, 2022, the first global AI ethics forum was held in Prague. UNESCO supported the organisation of the event. The conference paid particular attention to recommendations on regulating political and ethical standards in artificial intelligence.
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