GoodSalt has long held the position that great art takes great talent. We believe the artists who work hardest at their craft deserve recognition and support for their efforts.
GoodSalt does not and will not allow for the inclusion of AI-created images to our collections, for the following reasons:
1. GoodSalt requires that all images be copyrighted by the artists who created the work. At the time of this writing, the US Copyright Office will not allow for the copyrighting of AI generated images. Therefore, a person who asked an AI system to make an image does not nor cannot own a copyright to that image. There are those who would argue that the AI systems themselves do not claim copyright, therefore they reason that the person who asked for the generated image must own the copyright. This is a fallacy. The AI system does not own the copyright because the Copyright office refuses to allow non-human creators to hold copyrights. It is not the case that the system is releasing the right to the user, but simply that the AI itself cannot own the copyright. The user does not by default receive the copyright, since the user did not create the work. They suggested what it could look like, but did not do the creative work required to execute the image. It is therefore uncopyrightable.
2. GoodSalt desires to protect the value and quality of the work in the collections managed by our company. Regardless of how AI improves, We at GoodSalt believe in the creative process of the professional artists who make up our collections. Their originality of concept and drive for excellence cannot, nor should be upended by talentless users who aim to game the system by directing AI to make work they themselves are incapable of creating.