Artistic licence?: Stability AI v Getty Images


Muireann Bolger

Artistic licence?: Stability AI v Getty Images

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In the first of a two-part series on art and AI, Muireann Bolger explores a case that opens a Pandora's box of issues over the use of unlicensed creative works.

The past year has seen an unprecedented explosion of AI technology with the release of products such as DALL-E, the art tool Stable Diffusion, and ChatGPT.

But this emerging technology has also stoked controversy over the question of IP ownership and fair use/dealing, paving the way for two landmark cases on either side of the pond.

This month, Getty Images sued Stability AI, the London agency behind the art tool Stable Diffusion for allegedly using copyrighted images in its training and creating images in the artists’ style without credit, compensation or permission.

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