Xiaohongshu AI image generator copyright abuse
Occurred: September 2023
Chinese artists and illutrators accused Chinese social media platform Xiaohongshu of using their work to train its AI image generator Trik AI, infringing their copyright.
The issue was triggered by 'Snow Fish', an illustrator who claimed his illustrations posted on the platform had been 'fed' to train Trik AI without his knowledge or permission. He demanded the company publicly apologise, delete the relevant artwork, and stop using his illustrations to train their model.
The company later apologised and admitted Snow Fish's artwork had been used to train its AI, but said that the image had been taken from open access sources rather than from his Xiaohongshu account. It added it had 'never used images from Xiaohongshu to train [Trik AI].'
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Published: October 2023
Last updated: November 2023