Andersen v. Stability AI Ltd. et al, Docket No. 3:23-cv-00201 (N.D. Cal. Jan 13, 2023)
Class action lawsuit against ‘Stability AI Ltd.’, ‘Midjourney Inc’, ‘Deviantart Inc’ (AI Software Company) filed;
These software takes images and artworks and use them to train their systems to generate seemingly new images;
These images can then be downloaded by users.
Artworks created were used as “Training Image” without prior consent;
The companies alleged to be involved in direct as well as vicarious copyright infringement;
Companies also alleged for unfair competition by infringing copyright laws of the Plaintiff and the class.
A.I COMPANY’S STAND
Requested the court to reject the proposed class action lawsuit;
AI generated images are not comparable to artists’ creations;
Case lacked precise details about the photos that were allegedly misappropriated;
Plaintiff fails to identify a single allegedly infringing image.
• The case touches upon the issue of AI and Copyright;
Copyright infringing by AI software is a relevant contemporary issue and varied forums in world are soon going to face similar question of law;
Whether work produced by AI can be infringing of a copyright is an important question that can be answered by this case;
The decision in this case will set a precedent as to whether AI Software can be held liable for IP infringement.