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Artists’ Copyright Lawsuit Against Top AI Companies Moving Forward


According to a report from Reuters, a group of artists are moving forward with a copyright infringement lawsuit against major artificial intelligence (AI) companies, including Stability AI and Midjourney. While some of the initial claims were dismissed by a federal judge, the plaintiffs were given the opportunity to pursue new claims in an amended complaint. Within this article, our Florida trademark registration attorney explains the most important things that you should know about the details and stakes of this case.

Stability AI and Midjourney are Leading AI Art Platforms 

Stability AI and Midjourney are two of the most prominent companies in the field of AI-generated art. The platforms rely on cutting-edge technology and they are pioneering a new service. Stability AI is a London-based company that is associated with versatile algorithms that can generate intricate art. Midjourney is a San Francisco-based company that gained recognition for its intuitive interface and striking visual art.

Allegations: Companies Engaged in Copyright Infringement

While they are on the cutting-edge, these companies have not been without controversy. There are serious questions about AI-generated art—not only its impact on the world but also the process by which the technology was developed. Indeed, groups of artists are alleging that these two companies engaged in copyright infringement to develop and implement their technology.

 Federal Judge Allowed Artists to Amend their Complaint 

A lawsuit is currently pending in a federal court in Northern California. A group of visual artists has filed an amended copyright lawsuit against Stability AI, Midjourney, and other companies. They are arguing that these companies misused the artists’ work to train their AI systems. Notably, the initial lawsuit—which was led by illustrators Sarah Andersen, Kelly McKernan, and Karla Ortiz—was the first AI/copyright infringement lawsuit for visual art.

Last month, a California federal judge dismissed a significant part of the complaint. However, the plaintiffs were permitted to file an amended complaint and they have now successfully done so. The  revised lawsuit has been bolstered by several more artists. The plaintiffs argue that these AI companies are using the guise of innovation, to essentially function as “copyright-laundering devices” that are taking advantage of the artists’ unique styles without proper compensation.

 The Case Could Have Major Implications for AI and Copyright Law 

The lawsuit against Stability AI, Midjourney, and others could set a significant precedent in AI and copyright law. If the artists prevail, it may redefine how AI companies use copyrighted material for training their algorithms. The litigation bears close watching as the case has the potential to shape and reshape the boundaries of AI innovation and copyright law.

Get Help From Our Florida Copyright Litigation Attorney Today

At Perkins Law, our Florida copyright lawyer is standing by, ready to help you navigate a copyright infringement case. If you are locked in a dispute over alleged copyright infringement, please do not hesitate to contact us today to arrange a completely confidential, no obligation initial case review. Our firm takes on copyright litigation matters throughout Florida.




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