How to protect your art from AI scraping
At UnVale, we are proudly and loudly anti-AI art, but were always looking for more ways to help artists protect their work.
We recently came across a tool called Glaze, created by University of Chicago computer science PhD students and professors. Glaze adds small changes, imperceptible to the average viewer, that tricks AI processing into thinking your art is a radically different style, preventing scraping and replication.
From the Glaze website:
“We are not motivated by profit or any political agenda, and our only goal is to explore how ethical security techniques can be utilized to develop practical solutions and (hopefully) help real users."
AIs that are “trained” with an image that's been cloaked with Glaze will not be able to recreate your work, hopefully shielding artists from folks being able to “do it in your style” using tools like Stable Diffusion and Midjourney. This is a big step forward towards protecting artists from copyright infringement and art theft using ethically–and publicly funded–technological tools.
- Download Glaze here, which can be used with Mac or Windows
- Read their research paper for more info
- Or Get in touch with them and tell them how much you appreciate their work
While these AI companies continue to battle in the courts to see if their art theft is legal, we can continue to use the available tools to try and protect ourselves moving forward.
Additionally, using watermarks for public, full res images is a successful measure to protect against AI scraping. Please let us know in our Discord if this is a feature you would love to have on UnVale.
We will keep posting resources that protect artists and creators. Be sure to follow us on social to be kept in the loop!
Cofounder of UnVale