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Art, AI Collide in Landmark Legal Dispute

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The case is among the first of its kind and will set a precedent for how the U.K. legal system, one of the most restrictive in the world in terms of copyright law, will treat companies building generative AI.

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Human artists and artificial intelligence (AI) companies are disputing generative AI-intellectual property in a landmark legal case.

Visual media company Getty Images filed a copyright claim against free image-generating Stable Diffusion tool developer Stability AI in the U.K. High Court.

The tool was trained on 2.3 billion images harvested from the Web by a third-party website; Getty alleges Stability AI illegally copied and processed copyrighted images for its commercial benefit.

Sandra Wachter at the U.K.'s Oxford Internet Institute said the case will decide whether companies can use such data for their own purposes.

Said Estelle Derclaye at the U.K.'s University of Nottingham, "Ultimately, [AI companies] are copying the entire work in order to do something else with it — the work may not be recognizable in the output, but it's still required in its entirety."

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