Getty Images sues Stability AI for copying 12 million photos and violating its watermark

MADRID, 8 Feb. (Portaltic/EP) –

Getty Images has submitted a second lawsuit against Stability AI for infringing the intellectual property of this digital content agency by copying more than 12 million photographs and imitating its watermark.

Stability AI is the company responsible for Stable Diffusion generative artificial intelligence, that creates high-quality digital images from a text description.

In a first lawsuit, filed in mid-January in the United Kingdom, Getty accused Stability AI of having deliberately and improperly used its material.

Now the digital content agency has filed another lawsuit, this time in the United States, for understanding that Stability AI has violated its intellectual property “on a staggering scale,” according to the text of the complaint.

Getty defends that Stability AI has copied more than 12 million photos from his collection, as well as subtitles and metadata associated with them, without asking for permission or offering compensation for it.

It also alleges that Stability AI “has removed or altered Getty Images’ copyright management information, provided false copyright management information, and infringed Getty Images’ well-known trademarks.”

The agency searches with this action recover damages suffered and “to prevent irreparable harm caused by the intentional acts” of Stability AI, the lawsuit states.

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