Los Angeles Anime Convention bans all AI-generated art

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AI-generated artwork, a moral and copyright nightmare It’s a anger artists all over the worldare finding resistance everywhere from Newgrounds to Fur Affinity In this latest case, an anime convention has described AI art as “fake.”

Animé Los Angeles, held at the Long Beach Convention Center in January 2023, released a statement earlier today “About… recent discussions regarding AI-generated art out”

Full read statement (emphasis mine):

The artwork created by Al and its place in the conference space (gallery, artist lane, etc.) has recently been the focus of many online discussions. Our staff have been monitoring the discussion and have determined that based on the current nature of its implementation and the lack of respect for the artists, we cannot allow this type of product to exist in the future. our space in good faith.

We at Animé Los Angeles do not condone or accept any form of Al-generated artwork used in our promotional materials, nor sold in Galleries or Art Lanes. our doctor.

If any form of Al-created work being sold is identified as such by our staff, it will be considered a form of counterfeit/piracy and will have to be removed.

With regard to our brand, we are very protective of the work our contributing artists create and recognize the value they bring to our convention space and identity. Whatever you see on our website, our advertisements or our products is (and always will be) created by an artist we have contacted for a direct collaboration. Everything created by Al is unofficial and not approved by the Animé Los Angeles staff.

For purposes of this policy, Animé Los Angeles considers any work created with the Al program to use sources that the artist does not own or holds rights to as an infringement. If in the future such a program is created that only allows the source of specific images owned by the artist, it will be the responsibility of the artist to provide proof that the works were not created from stolen images.

We firmly hold this position on this matter and will implement it in the future while keeping an eye on the discussion from here on out.

While they just leave the door open scornful for some highly theoretical, utopian version of AI art that is transparent and straightforward about its training, for AI art as it is today—a black hole of unrecognized, undisclosed theft due to eeconomic and technical concerns with almost zero interest in the arts—that was a big “no, thank you” from the conference organizers.

Now that this show has drawn a clear line, and with the impact of AI art on the community and industry becoming clearer, it will be interesting to see if other events unfold in the future. the coming months or not.


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