DeviantArt’s New A.I. Generator Angers Artists for Promising—But Failing—to Protect Creator’s Rights, Richard Whiddington, δημοσίευση Artnet News [15/11/2022]Marilena Pateraki
Since launching in 2000, DeviantArt has become one of the internet’s most popular platforms for artists to upload and share work. Then, in a single day, the company did much to destroy two decades’ worth of goodwill and community building.
The uproar arrived with the rollout of DeviantArt’s DreamUp, an A.I. image generation tool it created alongside Stable Diffusion and incorporated into its platform on November 9. Upon its release, every single piece of art on the platform was available for DreamUp to scrape. Deviants, as the platform calls its users, were furious, a sentiment further aggravated by being required to opt out of the A.I. datasets—one work at a time—with the platform claiming more expedient options were too complicated and technical to implement. Many of DeviantArt’s more than 60 million registered members have thousands of works uploaded.
“DeviantArt’s release of DreamUp was completely tone-deaf and smells of desperation to stay relevant in the machine-learning gold rush,” Steven Zapata, a professional illustrator and DeviantArt user, told Artnet News. “To launch their ‘protections’ on an opt-in basis was clearly misaligned with the values of their community, as evidenced by the immediate backlash.”
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