Artists begin selling AI-generated artwork on stock photography websites

Enlarge / A collection of AI-generated artwork that may be licensed by Shutterstock.

Seeking methods to “monetize” AI-generated artwork, some artists have already begun submitting their AI-generated items to stock photography websites like Shutterstock. Searches for “AI generated” or “Midjourney” (a well-liked picture synthesis service) produce 1000’s of outcomes on the location.

In some instances, a portion of the artwork that is not labeled as “AI generated” additionally seems to obviously match Midjourney’s artwork type, which appears to be the most well-liked picture synthesis instrument on the location in the meanwhile. As of press time, Shutterstock’s phrases of use don’t prohibit the submission of AI-generated artwork. Shutterstock contributors obtain a proportion of the licensing charge that varies from 15 to 40 p.c of what Shutterstock makes from the content material.

A latest video tutorial from a Canadian portrait photographer named Vanessa on YouTube lays out her means of looking for which stock websites allowed AI artwork created by Midjourney, settling on Shutterstock. She describes needing to upscale her AI-generated artwork earlier than submission as a result of most picture synthesis output at current is not high-resolution sufficient to satisfy Shutterstock’s requirements.

This comes amid a fierce debate on-line in regards to the ethics of AI-assisted artwork over the previous few months. Some artist communities are taking motion towards submissions which have been flooding their websites as a result of ease that they are often generated in an virtually limitless amount. Meanwhile, artists that embrace the brand new AI instruments proceed to push their artwork in new and fascinating instructions, and the expertise retains transferring ahead unimpeded.

It’s no secret that picture synthesis fashions like Stable Diffusion have been educated, partially, utilizing stock photography websites. With AI artwork showing on websites like Shutterstock, if future AI picture fashions educated on scraped photos from the Internet study from their very own output, the way forward for artwork could also be very recursive certainly.


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