Adobe accepts AI-generated stock art, with limits

Adobe is the latest stock image provider to take a stance on AI-generated art. The company has updated its guidelines to allow generative AI artwork on its stock photo service as long as it meets certain criteria. Contributors will have to label any AI-made content, and they’ll require permission for any reference images or text prompt used to produce the art. Creators will likewise need releases for any material depicting recognizable people.

The new policy also warns producers against misusing AI by submitting multiple images based on the same prompt. They can’t use misleading, repetitive or vague descriptions, and must submit their works as illustrations (not pictures) even if they’re photorealistic. As with regular images, Adobe promises indemnification in the event there’s an intellectual property dispute. You shouldn’t be in deep trouble if you unwittingly use items that infringe someone else’s rights.

Adobe accepts AI-generated stock art, with limits

Adobe is effectively trying to strike a balance between embracing new technology and avoiding copyright issues. Other stock photo providers have taken wildly varying approaches. Getty Images banned AI-generated imagery over rights concerns, while Shutterstock has teamed with DALL-E creator OpenAI to sell algorithm-based images. In some cases, tool developers have avoided wading into the debate — Google won’t offer Imagen to the public until it believes there’s a “responsible” way to do so.

This move might not lead to a flood of AI-made images to use for your next presentation or website. However, it could be helpful if you’re eager to use unconventional content without worrying about the risks of unexpected lawsuits or royalty payments. If nothing else, Adobe’s move could increase acceptance of AI stock art by making it available to a wider audience.

Notion’s latest feature is an AI that can write blog posts, to-do lists and more

Notion, the company behind the popular note-taking app of the same name, has started testing a new feature called Notion AI that uses a generative AI to write notes and other content. The Verge got a chance to use the software before today’s announcement. The interface is straightforward. You first select the type of writing you want help with from a list that includes options like “blog post,” “marketing email” and “to-do list.” You then provide the software with a suitable prompt, hit the blue “Generate” button and then watch as it creates text in real-time.

Judging from some of the writing the tool produced for The Verge, it benefits, like other generative AIs, from the user being as specific as possible about what they want. For instance, when the outlet asked Notion AI to write a blog post about the state of the smartwatch industry, the resulting draft mentioned the Apple Watch 4, Samsung Galaxy Watch and Tizen. In other words, it wrote about the state of the market in 2018, not as it exists today.

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