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Stable Diffusion copyright lawsuits could be a legal earthquake for AI

Accepted submission by Freeman at 2023-04-03 14:42:21 from the extra popcorn dept.
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https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2023/04/stable-diffusion-copyright-lawsuits-could-be-a-legal-earthquake-for-ai/ [arstechnica.com]

The AI software Stable Diffusion has a remarkable ability to turn text into images. When I asked the software to draw “Mickey Mouse in front of a McDonald's sign,” for example, it generated the picture you see above.

Stable Diffusion can do this because it was trained on hundreds of millions of example images harvested from across the web. Some of these images were in the public domain or had been published under permissive licenses such as Creative Commons. Many others were not—and the world’s artists and photographers aren’t happy about it.

In January, three visual artists filed a class-action copyright lawsuit [arstechnica.com] against Stability AI, the startup that created Stable Diffusion. In February, the image-licensing giant Getty filed a lawsuit [arstechnica.com] of its own.
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The plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit describe Stable Diffusion as a “complex collage tool” that contains “compressed copies” of its training images. If this were true, the case would be a slam dunk for the plaintiffs.

But experts say it’s not true. Erik Wallace [twitter.com], a computer scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, told me in a phone interview that the lawsuit had “technical inaccuracies” and was “stretching the truth a lot.” Wallace pointed out that Stable Diffusion is only a few gigabytes in size—far too small to contain compressed copies of all or even very many of its training images.

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