Topaz photo commercial usage

On the Topaz site it says, “we gather millions of input images to help the system understand what “image quality” means.” I’d like to use Topaz for work, which means the resulting images need to be commercially usable.
Some of my clients are worried about the original source material used to create the base model. They are worried about the litigious environment that AI source material is going through now.
Does anyone know where they the input images come from? Am I generating images from a copyrighted source or non copyrighted source?

Strange that no one is replying, but I find it highly unlikely that an end-user would be sued for using a product. When Apple sued Google and Samsung for copyright infringement, no end-user was ever at risk.

I’ll also add that every piece of photo software, AI or not, has been trained with large numbers of images. Most any digital camera, even old ones, have been trained to recognize various environments using real photos, like sunsets or people.

I wouldn’t worry about it. Best wishes and good luck

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In my opinion, it depends on the environment or platform you are working in.

For example, use of AI generated 2D images and 3D scenes in computer games, required license, and the license normally is stated clearly in the agreement from the service provider or company.

Some reference article here.

Nevertheless, I have emailed TopazLab support regarding this question and will update here again once received feedback.

Hopes, this help.

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hi jefmharris,

Just received the feedback from Topaz yesterday, below is the content feedback.

"You as a user have full license to sell or copyright your images and videos just as you would normally. Our AI software does not generate new works or content from scratch it only enhances what is already there in the image or video file that you put into the app. When we train our AI models we use a lot of images and videos that we have licensed or already own to train the models to know what is in an image and how to enhance it within the parameters of the task. This is different than any of the text based AI prompts like DALLE-2, Midjourney or Adobe Firefly that uses their datasets to create a new work of art based on examples it was trained on.

Our apps can be thought of like the original works of creative art made in Photoshop when it first came out in that the artwork created is that of the artist doing the work and not the software or the parent company. "

Hopes, this help.

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Possible that there is an apprehension to answering such questions for fear that anything they say could be brought up later in court? Regardless, many thanks for your answer. You bought up some good points. I doubt end-users will be affect by anything. And yes, for sure copyrighted images have been used forever in tech.
For my personal work I’m not worried about it. This if for clients piece of mind.
Thanks!

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Very cool. I emailed them and didn’t hear back, so this is amazing, just what I wanted to hear. Thanks!

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