Artificial Intelligence (AI) updates

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This resource is a space for updates around the Artificial Intelligence (AI) situation, including links to campaigns, opinion pieces and more, with the aim to share information.


AOI AOI AI statement

LBB site: Association of Illustrators: Issues around AI Have Alarmed Creatives Everywhere Feb 2023

AOI: AI Survey Results


European Guild for Artificial Intelligence Regulation (EGAIR) EGAIR represents a group of professionals from the creative field, associations and companies pushing for a European regulation of AI companies:

EGAIR Manifesto – A proposal to regulate AI in EU. Sign the Manifesto ‘protect our art and data from AI companies’

EGAIR fundraiser for EU lobbying to reach the European Institutions and ask for an integration of the AI Act to regulate AI companies and the way they train their AI.

Concept Art Association (CAA) are working to enforce AI companies regulations in the US:

CAA fundraiser


The Guardian: AI art replicates inequity at scale. We need to learn about its biases – and outsmart the algorithm Feb 2023

New Yorker: Is A.I. Art Stealing from Artists? Feb 2023

Cornell University: GLAZE: Protecting Artists from Style Mimicry by Text-to-Image Models Feb 2023

European Writers Council: Joint statement from authors’ and performers’ organisations on Artificial Intelligence and the AI Act Feb 2023

PC Gamer: Put a name to the artwork behind AI art with this algorithmically smart tool

Westminster Hall debate: Potential impact of AI on intellectual property rights for creative workers AOI submitted illustrators concerns on AI to debater Sarah Olney MP. Feb 2023

The Guardian: ‘It’s the opposite of art’: why illustrators are furious about AI Jan 2023

My Modern Met Artist Recreates His Own Work With an AI Art Generator Jan 2023

Ars Technica: Paper: Stable Diffusion “memorizes” some images, sparking privacy concerns

Ars Technica: Stability AI plans to let artists opt out of Stable Diffusion 3 image training

Ars Technica: Artists stage mass protest against AI-generated artwork on ArtStation Dec 2022

British Copyright Council: Fair Remuneration in the Time of Text and Data Mining (TDM) Sept 2022

Legal Action

The Verge: Getty Images sues AI art generator Stable Diffusion in the US for copyright infringement Feb 2023

Getty: Getty Images taking legal action (in UK) against Stability AI (DreamStudio) Jan 2023

Ars Technica: Three illustrators in US class action against Stability AI, Midjourney och DeviantArt (DreamUp) for copyright infringement, violations of the right of publicity and unlawful competition This has been filed against Stability AI, Midjourney, and DeviantArt by artists alleging these companies have infringed on their copyright due to the use of copyrighted images to train AI art generation tools without the artists’ agreement. Jan 2023

Datasets and tools

LAION-58 database – a dataset of 5,85 billion CLIP-filtered image-text pairs scraped from the internet.

Have I Been Trained – Search 5.8 billion images used to train popular AI art models. Drag your image in to see if it is part of the dataset.

Glaze – Cloaking tool that disrupts AI models’ ability to interpret images effectively.


Camberwell College of Arts remote__sensing “Illustration and AI”: The event will be live streamed from the Lecture Theatre at Camberwell, and there will be an opportunity to engage with a discussion. Free. 13 April 2023

AI/ML Media Advocacy Summit: US online event bringing together experts and creators to discuss the creative community’s response to AI/ML media generators (Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning). Free. 10th March 2023

Useful AOI Resources on Copyright and Contracts

For licensing commissions AOI publishes an Illustrator Commissioner Agreement form with standard Terms and Conditions for members. You’ll find it here.

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