The creators of AI art generator tools — Stability AI, MidJourney, and DeviantArt — have been accused of copyright violation in a proposed class-action lawsuit launched by a trio of artists, Sarah Andersen, Kelly McKernan, and Karla Ortiz.
A trio of artists have launched a lawsuit against Stability AI and Midjourney, creators of AI art generators Stable Diffusion and Midjourney, and artist portfolio platform DeviantArt, which recently created its own AI art generator, DreamUp.The artists — Sarah Andersen, Kelly McKernan, and Karla Ortiz — allege that these organizations have infringed the rights of “millions of artists” by training their AI tools on five billion images scraped from the web “without the consent of the original artists.”The lawsuit has been filed by lawyer and typographer Matthew Butterick along with the Joseph Saveri Law Firm, which specializes in antitrust and class action cases. Butterick and Saveri are currently suing Microsoft, GitHub, and OpenAI in a similar case involving the AI programming model CoPilot, which is trained on lines of code collected from the web.
Good. I’ll be glad when they get this all hammered out. Hopefully people will be both more consumer education and corporate transparency.