In the never-ending Warhol/Goldsmith “Prince photo” case, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the photographer. The judges decided that Andy Warhol violated Lynn Goldsmith’s copyright when he made his famous “Prince” series and rejected the argument that Warhol’s work was different enough to be considered fair use.
No copyright protection for AI images, says US government
All images that are created via text-to-image prompts are not protected under US copyright laws, the US Copyright Office (USCO) has stated. That means that anything created via Stable Diffusion, Dall-E or Midjourney cannot be copyrighted, at least in the USA.
The USCO equated the prompt-creator to telling an artist or designer what to make. That is, the idea itself is what is being discussed, and as such, the idea has no value available to be given copyright protection.
Scientists have created a tool that stops AI stealing your photographs
Are you worried about AI image generators stealing your artwork and spitting it out as its own? If so, you’re in luck. Scientists from Chicago University are fighting fire with fire, so to speak. They have developed a sort of AI invisibility cloak that will make your images unable to be sampled by the image generators.
The software is called Glaze and “cloaks” the images so that models incorrectly learn the unique features that define an artist’s style. This way, it makes AI plagiarism much less likely.
Research shows that AI image generators can replicate existing photos
It might be a good time to study law. Or copyright law, at least. Researchers have released a study that proves that AI image generators can and do, copy existing images that they’ve ‘looked at’ during the machine learning process. This means that there is a chance that anything spat out by the software could be an exact replica of a copyrighted image.
This debunks the favorite argument that AI machines are no different from humans’ learning processes and that everything they sample is merely ‘inspiration’ to create something new. This appears to not be the case, according to the study. Although it is relatively rare at the moment, the researchers predict that with time it could become a greater problem.
Stock image companies reeling as free AI watermark remover encourages image theft
How long have you argued the pros and cons of putting a watermark on your photographs? The arguments are strong for both sides, or at least they were. Until recently, that is. WatermarkRemover.io is a powerful AI-run software that allegedly can remove almost any watermark from an image in seconds.
The watermark removal tool is run by Pixelbin.io and is entirely free to use. This could set some consumer photographers on edge who rely on watermarks to deter image theft when sending galleries to clients to proof. In a similar vein, this will also impact stock photography sites, again making it extremely easy to steal copyrighted photos.
Getty Images sues Stable Diffusion makers over “copyright violations”
Stock photo platform Getty Images has sued Stability AI, the maker of AI image generator Stable Diffusion. Getty alleges that the tech company unlawfully scraped millions of copyrighted images that Getty owns or represents. As they reportedly never asked for permission to do so, Getty claims that Stability AI benefited commercially, while harming the artists whose work it used to train its AI.
Artists file a copyright lawsuit against Stable Diffusion and Midjourney
Three artists have filed a copyright lawsuit against the creators of Stable Diffusion, Midjourney, and DreamUp, DeviantArt’s AI image generator. Sarah Andersen, Kelly McKernan, Karla Ortiz, and their attorney claim that these programs have infringed the copyright of “millions of artists” by training their algorithm on their work without permission.
The Midjourney founder recently admitted to using “hundreds of millions of images” without their authors’ consent to train the image generator’s AI. And now, his company and the two others could face legal consequences.
Photo agency sues Twitter for $228.9 million over copyright infringement
Celebrity photo agency Backgrid has sued Twitter over copyright infringement after users uploaded thousands of its photos on the social media platform. Twitter reportedly received DMCA takedown notices, but failed to take action, and it also reportedly failed to sanction “repeat infringers.” Because of this, if Backgrid wins, Twitter will have to pay a whopping $228.9 million!
You can now download nearly 70,000 hi-res early 20th century color photos from a French museum
Old photos can reveal a lot about the past, and I’m always excited to take a peek at the world that existed long before I was born. The Albert Kahn Museum in France has just made it easier: it has made nearly 70,000 hi-res, color photos available to the public.
The images are, in my opinion, truly remarkable and interesting. They show people, buildings, and events from the early 20th century captured all over the world, giving us an insight into many different cultures. They’re all in public domain, so the museum made them completely free to download and use.
Photographer sues company for using his pigeon photo, wins $1.2 million in damages
A photographer has won a staggeringly high amount in a recent copyright dispute. The Los Angeles Federal courts awarded photographer Dennis Fugnetti $1.2 million for the use of a pigeon photo without permission.
Three years ago, Fugnetti filed the claim against anti-bird pest company Bird B Gone for using his image of a pigeon in flight for 12 years. The company sells spikes that are used to deter roosting pigeons and other birds from rooftops and balconies.
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