Pixiv Fanbox Bans AI Art
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Pixiv FANBOX Bans AI Art ‘for the Time Being’

Yet another company banned AI art, with this time Pixiv FANBOX disallowing illustrations made with outside assistance. The company statement noted this applies to all works “for the time being.” As a result, it will change its Terms of Use and Guidelines and eventually make some items content or even suspend people for using the technology.

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Pixiv in general is often used by people to share original and fan art. The Pixiv FANBOX option involves specific, sometimes notable, creators sharing their art in exchange for monetary support. However, said artists may also share some pieces for free. Fire Emblem Engage Main Character Designer Mika Pikazo is a good example. Her page allows people to support her for a fee. However, she also shares art for everyone to see, like this free update with Hakos Baelz and Apex Legends character art of Ash, Wattson, and Revenant.

Here is the full Pixiv FANBOX statement on AI art as taken from its official announcement.

FANBOX was created with the goal of helping creators improve their creative activities through continuous support from their fans.

We encourage creators to share not only their works, but also their creative process, thoughts, and more, in order to build a community with their fans.

However, in the current state of FANBOX, we have seen a growing trend of using AI only to create and profit from content produced much faster than was traditionally possible. This deviates from the original intentions of our service as a place for creators to thrive, and we have come to the conclusion that we cannot ignore this situation.

As a result, we have decided that we will prohibit AI-generated work on FANBOX for the time being.

Details regarding the effective date of the revised Terms of Use and Guidelines, as well as the definition of AI-generated work on FANBOX, will be announced at a later date. After the effective date, we will take action against posts that use AI-generated content, including issuing warnings, making them private, and suspending creator accounts. Posts and creator accounts that already exist will be subject to the same restrictions.

We sincerely apologize to anyone who may be inconvenienced by these revisions. Going forward, FANBOX will continue to review and update its Terms of Use and Guidelines in accordance with the advancements and changes in the community surrounding AI technology.

DLsite also recently announced it will stop selling art and manga generated by AI.

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