Leaked Midjourney artist database could be a moment of reckoning for AI art

Ever since generative AI models entered the mainstream in 2022, controversy has plagued the tech. Questions surrounding ethics and copyright have only increased in ferocity in recent months, with the likes of even Adobe accused of copyright infringement by illustrators. And it's about to get a lot worse.

A newly leaked database titled 'Midjourney Style List' has been found to contain the names of over 16,000 artists whose work the generative model is believed to have been trained on. Spanning 24 pages, the document names Banksy, David Hockney, Walt Disney and many more, and is already provoking outrage online. 


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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.