Photography Website Bans AI-Generated Images From its Platform

A photography portfolio website has taken a proactive stance against artificial intelligence (AI)-generated images by banning them from its platform.

PurplePort announced the new rules in a blog post stating that images created from text prompts on programs such as DALL-E, Midjourney and Stablie Diffusion will be deleted if uploaded.

“Our goal is to bring creatives together in a safe, honest and vibrant community to create fantastic imagery, and so the use of 100% machine-generated imagery, while an incredible breakthrough, is not something that helps our community,” Russ Freeman writes.

“I believe that the use of machine-generated images, while allowing everyone to participate in the creation of art, does not reflect the main purpose of our service, nor does it contain enough human input.”

The post, titled “Artmageddon: The Rise of Machines and the Banning of Machine-Generated Images,” goes on to describe the AI ​​images as “somewhat misleading.”

“There are many arguments for and against machine-generated art, but for PurplePort, I want it to remain an inspiring source of human-generated and human-centered art,” says Freeman.

“Finally, it’s trivial for anyone to generate art using these art-generating machine algorithms…it doesn’t require any investment of skill or time. Thus, it’s just as trivial as to such images crowd out the true artists among us and devalue those who have invested their time in their artistic pursuits.

PurplePort staffer Freeman says he’s not against machine-generated images, but believes his website should remain free of them.

“I find the future of such things very exciting. I just think PurplePort is just not the place for such things,” he adds.

PurplePort is a website that brings together models, photographers and other creatives with over 40,000 active members.

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The company’s move follows an explosion of AI image generators with photographers recreating their photos with the software and countries like the UK trying to lay the legal groundwork for the data mining processes that power the machines. .

It also comes after artists were outraged when a man won a fine art competition with an image he created with a text-to-image generator.

Picture credits: Header photo licensed via Depositphotos.

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