A friend of mine sent me a link with a story about text-to-image AI (artificial intelligence) Art Generators, and it was the first I had heard of such a thing. It’s an interesting topic, in the sense of this question: who is the artist? Technically speaking, it’s whatever tech company has made the software, as they have created enormous databases with images and artistic elements which create these images based on the words that the user types in. But on the flip side, using this argument, then makers of art supplies would also be considered the “artist” in the creation of an art work, which is a ridiculous argument. So is one to assume that the person who comes up with the idea is the artist, no matter where the imagery comes from? A similar argument could be made for a collage artist – he or she might be cutting out images and samples from magazines or other print materials, but the end result comes from the mind of the collage artist.
Theories aside, I found a free text-to-image AI art generator app with my iPhone last night called “Wonder,” and I currently just have the free version, which allows me to create images but I have to watch a 30 second ad while it is being generated. I decided to start with “Van Gogh riding a skateboard,” and then “Van Gogh riding a motorcycle,” and these are the images that resulted from those phrases:
I like both of these results – what do you think? They definitely have a Van Gogh style without being too corny or strange.
As you can see from my images, they stamp “Wonder” on their images. I’m trying to find out if one can have a logo-free image if you pay for an account, which I would assume would be the case. But then there’s also the question – in what ways can I, as an artist, use these images? Can I copyright them? Can I make and sell products with them? It’s not clear what the situation is. I see one website where a lawyer tries to answer this question, and he writes: “One of the key concepts in a copyright is the author’s creative expression. The Copyright Office often calls this idea the selection, coordination or arrangement of the creation’s elements and content. Machine-made or AI-made artwork generally lacks this kind of creative input. One recent development in copyright law is the decision that AI-generated works have no author at all, and therefore have no copyright naturally arising in any one person. This means the person creating the AI software does not have a copyright in the AI-generated work either.”
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