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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

Getty's Lawsuit Against Stability AI Heads to Trial


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The world of artificial intelligence is set to witness a significant legal battle as a lawsuit from Getty Images against Stability AI, the creator of Stable Diffusion, heads to trial.


The UK court found merit in Getty's claim that Stability AI used its copyrighted images to train AI models, dismissing the startup's attempt to have the case thrown out.


Stability AI had argued that the case should not be heard in the UK, stating that no one involved in the training or development of Stable Diffusion was UK-based. The company also maintained that it trained the model using US-based cloud computing power from AWS.


However, Justice Joanna Smith saw things differently. She highlighted evidence from the company and Stability CEO Emad Mostaque that suggested a conflict of evidence. The court noted Mostaque's media appearances where he claimed that Stability helped "fast track" UK residency applications of Russian and Ukrainian developers working on Stable Diffusion.


This development underscores the increasing importance of copyright issues in the AI industry. As AI models continue to evolve and require vast amounts of data for training, the question of who owns the rights to that data and how it can be used becomes ever more crucial. This case could set a precedent for future legal battles in the AI sector.



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