Stephen Downes

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Presumably, the intention here is to help artists prevent their work from being used by an AI. "Nightshade allows anyone to invisibly alter the pixels of an image to 'poison' the image." I think maybe this will work in the short term, but not the long term. The idea is to "give some incentives to both companies and artists just to work together on this thing, right? Rather than just a company taking everything from artists because they can." I still don't think of an AI's use of an artist's work as plagiarism or theft, because I see the use as transformative, which is allowed under copyright law. I do appreciate that (some) artists' livelihoods are being disrupted, but that speaks to me of the need to ensure we have a good social safety net, not of the need to stop something in its tracks.

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