Stable Diffusion has cleaned up its AI art generator – but people still aren't happy

Text-to-image AI art generators have been one of the biggest controversies in art and design this year. And one of the most controversial of all is Stable Diffusion. That's because, as an open-source platform, Stable Diffusion hasn't taken the cautious approach to access and restrictions that other AI art generators have. From day one, it allowed anyone to use its powerful capabilities and to fine-tune their own releases of its model.

That led to the creation of images using copyrighted material and the likenesses of famous people, including for pornography. While the platform has always defended its aim to democratise access to art, the latest release of Stable Diffusion has reined things in a little. But people still aren't happy (if you're still not sure what text-to-image generators are, see our piece on how to use DALL-E 2).

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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.