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AI Tech Enables Industrial-Scale Intellectual-Property Theft, Say Critics

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What worried videogame industry painter Grzegorz Rutkowski most was that art generated using his work threatened to bury his own original works in the places in which it mattered, on Google's search index and in repositories of online art.

Credit: Jarred Briggs

Grzegorz Rutkowski, an artist well-known in the videogame industry for his ability to mimic the techniques of classic painters, has become one of the most popular artists to copy using image-generating artificial intelligence (AI) systems like OpenAI's Dall-E 2 and Stability AI's Stable Diffusion.

The proliferation of AI-generated images in Rutkowski's style on online forums and the use of his name as a popular prompt in these systems contributed to his decision to join a proposed class-action against Midjourney, Stability AI, and DeviantArt in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

A separate proposed class-action suit has been filed against Microsoft, its GitHub subsidiary, and OpenAI in the same federal court over their GitHub Copilot system.

The cases could result in limits on such systems, changes to the databases used by their creators, or compensation for the creators of the content used to train these systems.

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