AI art has made waves since its first appearance online. A lot of people seem to enjoy it; especially in recent days, as content creators all over the world have taken to cartooning themselves by using the Lensa AI “magic avatar’ generator.
However, what most people either don’t know about (or don’t care about) is that AI generators, such as Lensa AI, have real and horrifying consequences for artists everywhere! Keep reading to know about the real dangers that AI art inflicts on small artists all over the world.
“This is Art Theft”
Artist Jon Lam–who has worked as a storyboard artist for video game giant, Riot–took to Instagram to vent their frustrations regarding AI art theft recently. He states, “It’s unethical, and Big tech is behind this ripping off artists everywhere for $8 a pop.” Thousands of replies came in, with most being supportive of Lam’s sentiments.
Artists everywhere have been frustrated for over a year now with the rise of AI art generators. The commodification of art and the removal of human experience and skill from what is an essentially human endeavor, have led to the degradation and mockery of artists all over the internet.
Technically Legal Copyright Theft
Unfortunately, AI Generators use an AI art model called ‘Stable Diffusion.’ This system pulls together different images and paintings, created by real-life artists, as a basis for the pieces that are generated for most mass consumers. Because of legal loopholes and other small print, this allows the AI to get away with what is essentially the theft of different artists’ intellectual property, and then profit off of it––without a single mention of credit or compensation.
#HumanArtists vs AI Art
To counteract this rising trend of using AI generators instead of commissioning real creators, the artists of Twitter have taken to making #HumanArtists trend online. Searching through the tag, we can see all the hard work that is overlooked in favor of the cheaper and quicker alternative.
We recommend that our readers do their own research on AI generators and why they are quickly becoming a problem for creatives everywhere. Jon Lam and the artists of Twitter are not the only ones who will suffer the quickly spiraling rise of AI generators. As the value of artists everywhere plummets, it will be up to us to stand up and support them to show that you simply cannot replicate or replace what real-life people have to offer.
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