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Legal Challenges to Generative AI, Part II

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Credit: Andrij Borys Associates,

DALL-E, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion are among the generative AI technologies widely used to produce images in response to user prompts. The output images are, for the most part, indistinguishable from images humans might have created.

Generative AI systems are capable of producing human-creator-like images because of the extremely large quantities of images, paired with textual descriptions of the images' contents, on which the systems' image models were trained. A text prompt to compose a picture of a dog playing with a ball on a beach at sunset will generate a responsive image drawing upon embedded representations of how dogs, balls, beaches, and sunsets are typically depicted and arranged in images of this sort.


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