27 Jan, 2023
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Watermark Remover.io quickly and easily removes watermarks from copyrighted images.

The relationship between AI and the creative industry could become more complex with the advent of a new tool that can easily remove watermarks from images. Watermark Remover.io, offered by Pixelbin.io, can remove identifiable watermarks with just one click, raising concerns about copyright protections.

While similar tools already exist, Watermark Remover.io is unique in that it is completely free, easily accessible on the web and as an Android app, and can remove watermarks with just one click. This has significant implications for stock image companies that rely on watermarks to protect their content, as platforms like Shutterstock and Adobe Stock apply large watermarks to prevent unauthorized use of their images. While these companies may benefit from AI-generated content, they may not be as supportive of AI being used to steal their assets.

Watermark Remover.io has its limitations. It may struggle to remove larger, blockier watermarks and it was not successful in removing artist signatures on generative images.

Additionally, there are legal considerations to keep in mind. In the US, it is illegal to remove a watermark without the owner's consent. However, the tools that allow users to bypass copyright protection like Watermark Remover.io may not be illegal in themselves. The legal landscape surrounding AI and copyright laws is complex and there have been calls for clearer regulation.

The creators of Watermark Remover.io address its legality in an FAQ, saying: “Users of this app are solely responsible for any claims, damages, cost, expenses, suits, etc. brought by any third party pertaining to the usage of the resulting images with the watermarks removed. You need to get the original image owner’s consent or approval before you use the watermark removed images for any commercial use.”