I'm hoping this thread doesn't get too angry, as others have, and sticks to observable and measurable facts. I'm interested in conversation where there seems like a chance I could learn something new, or help others understand the world better.
I'll start off with a new idea, and might quote from other threads later:
Using copyright as a tool to suppress AI generators could have a nasty unforeseen consequence, that is exactly the opposite of what AI opponents want:
If you say that an AI art databases must only be trained on art licenced for that specific purpose, what will be the effect? I expect that AI opponents are hoping that the whole field will just disappear as a result. But they are forgetting something very important: Disney.
Disney owns enough work that they could easily create a powerful AI database. (A few other media companies do too.). They could even hire a bunch of starving chinese artists in to imitate Miyazaki or any other non-Disney artist and teach their database to imitate that style. So big corporations like Disney would not be limited at all by such a ruling, and could hire dramatically fewer artists.
But what about artists like myself, or anyone else here willing to do SW or fetish art? Well none of us have money to hire anyone, so no artistic careers will be saved. We will however face huge limitations and be set back relative to what Disney can do. And with Disney owning the tools, they would also control who gets to learn how to use them. That will totally squash new innovation. The situation we have now is far more amicable to innovation. I hope we get reasonable accommodations for the hard work of artists, including AI artists. (Jackson Pollock, anyone?)
I've read some people honestly talking about jail time for AI users. I'm sure the US prison industry is looking forward to that.
People said this about cars. No one who can walk really needs one.
There is an inherent paradox in many arguments against AI:
1) AI output is terrible, and no one will watch it.
2) Artists will suffer because everyone will be watching the AI.
Obviously one of those things needs to be false, or else you are just being elitist and dismissing the opinions of most people.