The copyright battle over generative AI continues, as The New York Times sues OpenAI

Midjourney generated images
A selection of very familiar images - all generated by prompts on Midjourney (Image credit: Gary Marcus and Reid Southen via Midjourney)

These days you can easily find yourself faced with a case of copyright infringement if you use text-to-image generators such as DALL•E 3 or Midjourney to create images. An innocent prompt could output a very familiar-looking face and, if you go ahead and use it, you could be breaking copyright laws. 

Gary Marcus, founder and CEO of Geometric Intelligence is somewhat of an AI expert. His column, Marcus on AI is dedicated to dissecting and discussing the controversies, advantages and advances in AI. He recently embarked on an experiment with Reid Southen, a concept artist, illustrator and designer who has worked on The Matrix, Transformers, The Hunger Games and Marvel films. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.