AI-generated images are now banned on photography website PurplePort

PurplePort, a website that connects photographers with models, has decided to ban machine-generated images. While sites like Flickr embrace new technologies, PurplePort sees them as “misleading” and something that “doesn’t help the community”.

It doesn’t matter what service or machine learning algorithms you use to create your images: Midjourney, DALL-E, Craiyon, Stable Diffusion or whatever. If you upload them to PurplePort, they will be deleted. The site notes that they are banned “until further notice”, and they even invite the community to report such images.

“Our goal is to bring creatives together in a safe, honest and vibrant community to create fantastic imagery,” writes PurplePort’s Russ Freeman in a statement. “So the use of 100% machine-generated imagery, while an incredible breakthrough, is not helping our community.”

Freeman notes that the use of machine-generated images could allow everyone to participate in the creation of art. As you may recall, one of these works recently won an art contest and pissed off everyone else who entered. But it “doesn’t reflect PurplePort’s main purpose” and “doesn’t contain enough human input”.

“I also think it’s somewhat misleading to upload art that was created simply from a quick phrase and claim it as human-generated. There are many arguments for and against the machine generated art, but for PurplePort I want it to remain an inspiring source of human generated and centered art.

Finally, it is trivial for anyone to generate art using these art generating machine algorithms, as I have demonstrated in the images used in this article. It requires no investment in skill or time. Thus, it is equally trivial that such images crowd out the true artists among us and devalue those who have invested their time in their artistic pursuits.

Perhaps it is worth noting that the use of AI-generated photos is not totally prohibited. You can use them for backgrounds the same way commercial background images or textures might be used. But that’s about all.

If you want to know more about PurplePort’s decision, you can find more information in this blog post and Download instructions. And if you really want to show off your AI-generated art somewhere… Well, you can always head over to Flickr.

Sherry J. Basler