Palworld accused of plagiarising Pokemon designs using AI

Occurred: January 2024

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The release of multi-player survival game Palworld has been met with accusations that it plagiarised Pokemon for its creature designs.

Created by Japanese developer Pocket Pair, Palworld combines the open-world survival genre with Pokemon-inspired 'Pals' creatures, some of which are nearly identical to those in Pokemon, and others look like two Pokemon fused together. raising concerns about plagiarism.

Users and commentators pointed out that Pocket Pair has a history of using generative AI tools, and that its CEO had talked publicly about how he believed generative AI tools could one day be sophisticated enough to avoid copyright issues. 


Country: Japan
Sector: Media/entertainment/sports/arts
Purpose: Generate images
Technology: Text-to-image; Generative adversarial network (GAN); Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning
Issue: Cheating/plagiarism; Copyright; Ethics/values
Transparency: Governance