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Frida Kahlo among non-consenting artists allegedly used to train Midjourney’s AI

08 January 2024

The Midjourney image generation platform is a generative artificial intelligence program and service created and hosted by San Francisco–based independent research lab Midjourney, generating images from natural language descriptions, called prompts.
The database, which lists different time periods, styles, genres, movements, mediums, techniques, and names that were used to train the program, is provided as a Google Sheets spreadsheet.The publicly available database includes the names of up to 16,000 artists, including Frida Kahlo, Yayoi Kusama, Banksy, Magritte, Willy Vandertseen, Hergé, and Andy Warhol, who the company is said to have employed to train its art-generation tools. The spreadsheet is now a part of a lawsuit alleging that Midjourney uses creators' intellectual property illegally by granting its text-to-image tool specific use rights without the creators' consent.

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