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Artists protest because ArtStation allows AI-generated art on the site


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ArtStation is probably the most important site on the entire internet for professional artists, especially those working in entertainment like video games (most of us Crafts link, for example, points there). That’s why the site’s continuing to allow AI-generated images has become a point of contention with users.

Technology is rotten to the core, is of particular interest to the community that makes a living through the creative arts and should therefore also be of concern to the companies responsible for owning and hosting that community. But as of today, ArtStation there is no policy that directly restricts the storage or display of AI-generated images on the website, which has resulted in many cases where computer-generated images, not humans, have surfaced to the top. ArtStation’s The “Discover” section, the most popular medium for showcasing the work of artists.

That is, understandably, provoke a lot of people. Indeed, in the past 24 hours, so many artists have become so enraged at the site’s permission for AI-generated images that they have started spamming their portfolios. , with a protest caused by illustrator Nicholas Kole and costume designer Imogen Chayes lead to ArtStation’s The front page looks like this at the time of writing:

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It’s just the same picture, originally created by Alexander Nanitchkov and saying “No to AI-generated images,” pasted and pasted by hundreds of artists:

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These artists have every right to be upset! The rapidly invasive practice of AI-generated imagery will crash all kinds of websites, but to enable it on a site specifically designed to showcase the work of talented artists is a challenge. particularly bad look.

Spokesperson for Epic Games, owner of ArtStationtell Kotaku. “Which says, ArtStation is a portfolio platform designed to enhance and celebrate originality backed by a community of artists. A user’s portfolio should only contain the artwork they create, and we encourage users to be transparent in this process. Our content guidelines are here.”

Profiles of users submitting AI-generated images to ArtStation earlier today

Profiles of users submitting AI-generated images to ArtStation earlier today
Screenshots: ArtStation

While that’s an expected response given the prevalence of AI-generated images currently on the site, and the apparent lack of censorship involved in letting them continue, Epic also said it “Do not make any agreements with companies that allow them to collect content on our website. website. If AI companies are doing this without permission and beyond purely academic use (where fair use of copyright might apply), they may be infringing upon the rights of others. creator of ArtStation.”

Epic also says it’s “in the process of giving ArtStation users more control over how their work is shared and labeled, and we’ll provide more details in the future.” near the.”

While that veiled legal threat is perhaps a sign that Epic isn’t quite as great with the way it is supposed to be and believes user control will emerge in the “near future.” promises to some extent, but that doesn’t change that fact ArtStation User portfolios have been fed to these AIs, and it won’t do much in the short term to prevent AI-generated images from infringing on a website that is supposed to represent the best of the best. human art.

For now, what is the best way to detect AI generated image and ignore it (or even better, to report it) has been the same for the past few months: always asking to see the finger.

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