AI image generators that create close copies could be a legal headache

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Artificial intelligence models trained on millions of images can occasionally reproduce near-perfect copies, researchers have found, which could be significant for ongoing copyright infringement lawsuits


6 February 2023

By Alex Wilkins

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Left: an image from Stable Diffusion’s training data with the caption “Ann Graham Lotz”. Right: the image produced by Stable Diffusion when prompted with “Ann Graham Lotz”

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Do image-generating artificial intelligence (AI) models infringe artists’ copyright? With legal action already under way against some of the companies behind these AIs, researchers have now found that the generators can occasionally reproduce some of the specific images used to train them – a discovery that could play into the upcoming lawsuits.

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