DeviantArt breaks silence over fierce backlash for its new AI art tool

Images of a llama created using the DeviantArt DreamUp AI art generator
(Image credit: DeviantArt)

The art and design world is trying to work out just what place generative AI will have in the industry's future. The latest controversy along the way involves the major online art community, DeviantArt. It's launched its own AI feature, but the way it's been executed didn't go down well with many members.

One of the big controversies with text-to-image AI tools has been copyright. Generative AI is trained on millions of scraped images – usually scraped from the internet without the consent of the original artist (see how to use Dall-E 2 to learn more about the technology). So DeviantArt members weren't happy to learn that they would have to opt out to stop that happening with their work. The platform's quickly changed its policy due to the backlash, but not everyone's convinced.

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.