Adobe Stock starts selling AI-generated artwork

Adobe Stock starts selling AI-generated artwork
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An AI-generated watercolor illustration, now eligible for inclusion on Adobe Stock.
Expand / An AI-generated watercolor illustration, now eligible for inclusion on Adobe Stock.

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On Monday, Adobe announced that its stock photography service, adobestockwould start allowing artists to submit AI-generated images for sale, Axios Reports. The movement occurs during Adobe embrace of image synthesis and also during industry-wide efforts to address the rapidly growing field of AI artwork in the artwork business, including earlier announcements of Shutterstock Y fake images.

Submitting AI-generated images to Adobe Stock has some restrictions. The artist must own (or have the rights to use) the image, the AI-synthesized artwork must be submitted as an illustration (even if photorealistic), and it must be tagged with “Generative AI” in the title.

Additionally, each AI artwork must adhere to Adobe’s new generative AI content. Guidelineswhich requires the artist to include a model release for any real person realistically depicted in the artwork. Works of art that incorporate illustrations of fictitious people or brands, characters, or properties require a property release certifying that the artist owns all rights necessary to license the content to Adobe Stock.

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An example of AI-generated artwork available on Adobe Stock.
Expand / An example of AI-generated artwork available on Adobe Stock.

Earlier this year, the advent of image synthesis tools like stable diffusionhalfway and DALL-E unlocked a seemingly limitless source of generative artwork that can mimic common artistic styles across various media, including photography. Each AI tool allows an artist to create a work based on a text description called a notice.

In September, we covered Some early examples of artists listing AI artwork on stock photography websites. Shutterstock reportedly initially reacted by removing some generative art, but then changed course to partnership with OpenAI to generate AI artwork on the site. In late September, Getty Images forbidden AI artwork, fearing copyright issues that have not been fully tested in court.

Beyond those legal concerns, AI-generated artworks have shown ethically problematic between artists. Some criticized the ability of image synthesis models to reproduce artwork in the styles of living artists, especially since AI models gained that ability from unauthorized scrapings of websites

Despite these controversies, Adobe openly embraces the growing trend of image synthesis, which has shown no signs of slowing down.

“I am confident that our decision to responsibly embrace content created by generative AI serves both customers and contributors,” Sarah Casillas, Adobe Stock’s senior director of content, said in a statement. statement emailed to Adobe Stock members. “Stock knowledge, craftsmanship, taste and imagination are critical to success in a stock market where customers demand quality, and these are attributes our successful contributors can continue to bring to bear, no matter what tools they choose.”

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