Los Angeles Anime Convention bans all AI-generated artwork

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AI generated illustration, a ethical nightmare and copyright This is pissing off artists around the worldfinds resistance everywhere from Newgrounds to Fur Affinity to, in the latter case, an anime convention that described AI art as “counterfeit merchandise.”

Animated Los Angeles, held at the Long Beach Convention Center in January 2023, issued a statement earlier today “Regarding…recent discussions regarding AI-generated art”

The statement reads in full (emphasis mine):

Al-generated artworks and their place in convention space (showrooms, artist aisles, etc.) have recently become a focal point in many online discussions. Our staff has been following the discussion and has determined that due to the current nature of its implementation and lack of regard for artists, we cannot in good faith allow this type of product to exist in our space.

At Anime Los Angeles, we do not condone or accept any form of Al-generated artwork used in our promotional materials, or sold in our showroom or Artist Alley.

If any form of work generated by Al and sold is deemed to be such by our staff, it will be considered a form of counterfeit/counterfeit merchandise and must be removed.

When it comes to our brand, we are very protective of the work our contributing artists create and recognize the value they bring to our identity and convention space. Everything you see on our website, promotional pieces or products is (and always will be) created by an artist we have contacted to work with directly. Anything generated by Al is unofficial and not endorsed by Anime Los Angeles staff.

For the purposes of this policy, Anime Los Angeles considers any work created with an Al program that uses sources that the artist does not own or hold rights to be in violation. If in the future such a program is created to only allow specific images that the artist owns, it will be the responsibility of the artist to provide proof that the pieces were not created from stolen images.

We firmly maintain this position on the matter and will uphold it in the future while keeping an eye on the discussion from now on.

While they leave the door open just slightly for a highly theoretical and utopian version of AI art that is transparent and upfront about its formation, for AI art as it stands today—an uncredited and undisclosed flight black hole driven by eeconomic and technical concerns with almost zero interest in the art itself— it’s a big “no thank you” from the organizers of the congress.

Now that this show has drawn a line in the sand and the effects of AI art on the community and the industry are becoming clearer, it will be interesting to see if more events follow in the months to come. .