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So, I had a post that I’d been working on for days. It was an essay really. I was about 1500 words into it and I realized I’d only reached the half way point. I re-read it three times. And I realized something. No one really cares about what I have to say about all of the nuances and nitty gritty details of AI art. At least not enough to warrant a 3000 word essay.

Instead, I’m going to give it to you internet style with some succinct bullet points. Here’s where I (and by proxy, Coyote & Crow Games) stand on AI art, currently.

  • Coyote & Crow – the RPG and the company – would not exist without artists who collaborated with me extensively over the last two years.
  • I appreciate artists and I strive to pay them on time, at better than industry average rates, and with bonuses whenever possible.
  • Artists (and all creatives I’ve worked with) are also fallible. The vast majority I’ve worked with have missed deadlines, many have flaked on me, ghosted me, or flat out stolen money from me. If I could add up all the time and money I’ve just straight flushed down the toilet on artists, I would seriously spend the day weeping.
  • I used MidJourney to create the background for three Facebook ads on our last crowdfunding campaign. These did not take jobs from anyone. I either would have used AI art for the background or art I already owned.
  • AI, LLMs, machine learning, and the art all of these will create, are not going away. It will only get better, cheaper, and more pervasive. It’s here to stay. And while the details and legislation on the hows and whys may evolve, don’t ever think that in the system we all live in that AI art will ever be abolished, banished or undone.
  • AI art programs, in their current forms, are rife with racism and misogyny and fly directly in the face of what Coyote & Crow is striving to present in our art, which is the accurate and positive portrayal of Indigenous people.
  • Companies that trained their algorithms on scraped art, where the terms of their arrangement were only for research, are wrong for using it for commercial purposes and the artists who have had their work stolen deserve compensation and justice.
  • Our society needs to start seriously tackling the wider social implications of AI now, rather than later. We need to have real discussions about the difference between “create” and “make” (currently, I believe AI is ‘making’ art, not creating it, but that may change)
  • Coyote & Crow Games will not use AI art in anything we sell, with AI in it’s current form and structure.
  • Coyote & Crow Games might use AI art in non-commercial forms in the future, depending on:
    • The ethical and legal structure the particular AI is built on. It will need to be something that a majority of artists are on board with and whose terms do not conflict with the ethical foundation that Coyote & Crow Games is built on.
    • The intended use of the art and whether the situation calls for it. I don’t have an example off the top of my head for this, but it will have to be on a case by case basis.
  • Coyote & Crow Games will not use MidJourney, Dall-E, Stable Diffusion, Lensa or other AI at all in their current iterations. We may reconsider this if they change how they operate, their terms, or how they gather data. We will also be adding a clause into our terms with contract artists specifying the same.
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