While some argue whether images generated by neural networks can end stock image sales services, others are already using the technology to organize the sale of content made with AI algorithms. This is what Shutterstock, a well-known online service, is currently working on.
OpenAI has announced a new partnership. This will allow OpenAI to integrate its DALLE 2 AI model into Shutterstock’s platform over the next few months. Shutterstock has also created a Contributor Fund that will pay out compensation to authors of content used in AI training. The site will also block images created by other neural networks.
Shutterstock and OpenAI collaborate in this area before. OpenAI considers images and metadata critical to model training. Now artists will literally compete with the AI that learned from their work.
The issue of compensating image authors raises several ethical and legal concerns. Shutterstock spokesperson stated that there are many issues related to the new technology, including ownership issues. The company stated that AI-generated images cannot be assigned to an author because images were created by many artists. Therefore, compensation should be paid to the creators of each image.
The reason why images created by neural networks are not allowed to be published is that it is impossible to identify which model was used to create them. This means there is no information about who has the rights to these images. Representatives of Shutterstock have developed a compensation scheme in which those whose work was used for training will receive funds. Based on each contributor’s contribution of images or metadata, the share of each person will be determined.
Shutterstock states that payments will be made every six-months. It is currently unknown how much each author will receive.