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The use of AI to create (as opposed to manipulate) images is intriguing, but until the rights issues are actually sorted out, it's more for hobbyists and personal use than commercial use.  If I take a photo or draw an illustration or otherwise create an image, that is mine (unless it was a work for hire or something) to do with as I please.  I can sell prints, mugs, t-shirts, etc.  I can use it on a book cover or license it to a stock image site.

Similarly, if I need an image of a cup of coffee, and cannot create it myself, I can hire someone to do it or license an image from a stock image site.  In those cases, there would be some agreement covering what I can and cannot do with the image.  For example, I may only need it to use in a magazine article or blog post to accompany an article about coffee drinking.  If I want to sell mugs with the image, I will likely need a separate (and more expensive) license.  Regardless, all those are things that can be worked out because the original artist holds the copyright and they can license it to me or a stock image site who in turn can license it to me and so on.

But with AI generated art, at the moment, there is no clarity.  If the AI has "studied" copyrighted images, is the result a derivative work?  Who can copyright an AI generated image?  Can it be protected by copyright?  If so, if someone else generates a similar image to what you have already copyrighted, can you prevent them from using it?  There are no answers right now which limits how you might want to use such an image.  To accompany a blog post, maybe it's okay, but if you need to be able to own or otherwise control the art, it's not usable right now.

And, if it's not commercially usable, Serif probably shouldn't waste time adding it because who knows which way the rights will be legally defined in the future.  The future rights decisions may make it a feature few people will want to use.  For the same reason, while there are some good reasons for an API or SDK to be available, this is not yet one of them, IMHO.

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37 minutes ago, dcr said:

The use of AI to create (as opposed to manipulate) images is intriguing, but until the rights issues are actually sorted out,

 

Similarly, if I need an image of a cup of coffee, and cannot create it myself, I can hire someone to do it or license an image from a stock image site.

The copyright issues will need sorting out, but to me the issue is using machines to create "art."

Why do people have a need for artistic expression in the first place?

But as to copyright... well, I have to give you credit for using coffee as an analogy rather than cars. :)

Really, how are you going to calculate royalty payments when these services have every image on the Internet in their databases? With prescription drugs you can criticize the whole concept of copyrights in general, i.e. it doesn't make a whole lot of sense for sick people to finance drug development. But IP is quite different from prescription drugs (and coffee).

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I honestly dont expect IP will be much of an issue soon: You can easily train a model to generate concepts with another model checking the result (GAN). That way, you create a model that will create photorealistic images of everything without being fed any real world images.

More effort, but totally doable.

Better concentrate on the fact that everybody WILL have access to such tools, and they WILL create and modify images without any technical skills needed. 

And hopefully these tools will also come from Serif.

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