Stability AI, the developer of the image generation AI 'Stable Diffusion', is sued by Getty Images, a stock photo site that once brought Google to a settlement.

'Getty Images,' a service that distributes content such as royalty-free photos and images for a fee, has filed legal proceedings against Stability AI, the developer of the image generation AI 'Stable Diffusion,' for infringing on Getty Images' intellectual property rights. announced that it had started.

Getty Images Statement - Getty Images

Getty Images is suing the creators of AI art tool Stable Diffusion for scraping its content - The Verge

On January 17, 2023, Getty Images 'commenced legal proceedings against Stability AI in the High Court of Justice in London, alleging that Stability AI infringed intellectual property rights in content owned or represented by Getty Images.' announced. The lawsuit alleges that Stability AI illegally copied and processed millions of images and metadata from Getty Images without a license.

In an interview with The Verge, Getty Images CEO Craig Peters revealed that Stability AI has been issued with a ``letter before action'' formally notifying them of impending UK litigation. , uses the intellectual property of others without permission or compensation to build our services for our own economic benefit. We protect our own and our contributors' intellectual property rights. We are taking action,' he said.

A spokesperson for Stability AI told The Verge, ``Our team has not received any information regarding this lawsuit, so we cannot comment.''

Image generation AI such as Stable Diffusion uses images created by humans as training data, but it has become a problem that this training data is often collected from the Internet without the consent of the creator. Many artists have expressed dissatisfaction with this situation, and on January 13, 2023, a class action lawsuit was filed against three companies, including Stability AI and image generation AI Midjourney.

A class action lawsuit will be filed against image generation AI 'Stable Diffusion' and 'Midjourney' - GIGAZINE

Stable Diffusion's training dataset is open source, but The Verge's own analysis of the dataset found that stock image sites such as Getty Images account for the majority of the content. He said he understood. Some of them had watermarks indicating that the content was managed by Getty Images, so it was clear that the rights were being violated.

In addition, Getty Images has a history of suing Google for antitrust violations. Getty Images says Google's ability to list high-resolution images on Google's search screen is hampering Getty Images. 'There would be no incentive to display the image.' In this case, Google made concessions and reached a settlement .

Regarding this lawsuit, CEO Peters said that he is interested in creating new legal regulations rather than seeking financial damages or halting the development of image generation AI.

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