List of Artists Used to Train Midjourney Leaked Online
Copyright lawsuits against Stability AI, Midjourney and other generative artificial intelligence programs have been ongoing since early 2023. But it wasn’t until last month, December 31, when Riot Games artist Jon Lam posted screenshots on X of a prior communication thread that we got to see it spelled out. Hyperallergic reports that the thread shows Midjourney founder and CEO David Holz and other Midjourney developers discussing how the database was fed the work of thousands of artists. Some of the names included on a Google spreadsheet called the “Midjourney Style List” were Jean-Michel Basquiat, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Frida Kahlo, David Hockney, Damien Hirst, David Lynch, Joan Miró, Joan Mitchell, Claude Monet, Yoko Ono, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol. The list also includes cartoonists and illustrators like Sarah Andersen, Julia Kaye, and Gerald Brom, who are among those that banded together to file a class action lawsuit against the programs for the unlicensed use of their work.