Shutterstock's AI Generated Images? They Were Fun (and Profitable) While They Were Lasted

Shutterstock's AI Generated Images? They Were Fun (and Profitable) While They Were Lasted ...

AI tools like Midjourney and DALL-E may capture people's imagination, but they're not to be sold on Shutterstock.

The largest stock image platform in the world used to offer for sale Midjourney pictures, but people noticed that those images were disintegrating, as well as anything labeled as "AI generated."

Motherboard noticed that most of them are no longer available for sale.

"The results for "Midjourney" appeared to be reduced, leaving only stock photographs of the tool's logo, according to the outlet. Another image, for example, is a futuristic city with an image description that says "AI generated," which has since been removed from the site.

Stock photography banks work by allowing content creators to sell their original images or artwork for a profit of between 15 and 40 percent.

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Original content creators are dissatisfied with the notion that art may be sold alongside their work, as tools like Midjourney and DALL-E scrape the web for photos that they then combine into new compositions to create AI-generated "art."

ArsTechnica has put together a fantastic overview of the artists who are experimenting with selling AI art and the implications of allowing AI-generated art to be sold on Shutterstock, Getty Images, and similar platforms.

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