Getty Images sues Stability AI for copyright abuse
Occurred: February 2023
Getty alleged that Stability copied the company’s photographs, associated captions, and metadata to 'build a competing business' through its DreamStudio revenue-generating interface. The suit also stated that Stability AI 'removed or altered Getty Images' copyright management information, provided false copyright management information, and infringed Getty Images’ trademarks.
In August 2022, blogger Andy Biao discovered that 15,000 images of 12 million images used to train Stable Diffusion were from Getty Images. In January 2023, Getty Images filed a separate case against Stability AI in the UK and, a few months later, asked a UK court to stop UK sales of Stable Diffusion.
The lawsuit prompted further concerns about the data collection and use practices of the company, and those of the AI industry more generally.
Published: October 2023
Last updated: November 2023