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07th Dec 2022

People are warning others about using new AI selfie app

Charlie Herbert

Lensa AI selfie app

You might want to think twice before signing up to this popular selfie app

People are being warned about using a new artificial intelligence selfie app due to a disturbing detail in the terms and conditions.

It’s very rare that any of us read the terms and conditions on anything, but it seems that this is one you example where you might want to pay attention to those paragraphs of tiny text.

The app is called Lensa AI and allows users to create AI-generated selfies by uploading 10-20 images of themselves.

Lensa then creates around 50 AI-generated selfies in various forms.

But you may want to think twice about signing up to now.

By agreeing to the Ts & Cs, you are agreeing to the “company license” as well, which gives the app permission to “distribute” and “use” any photos you upload.

Furthermore, they can use your pics “without any additional compensation” to the user.

The conditions read: “Lensa may allow you to upload, edit, create, store and share content, including photos and videos (User Content”).

“We do not claim ownership over your User Content. However, in order to provide you with the services (e.g., to make our services accessible to you), we seek a legal permission from you to use your User Content.

“You give us such a permission by means of a Company License, as defined below.”

It adds: “Solely for the purposes of operating or improving Lensa, you grant us a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable, sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, distribute, create derivative works of your User Content, without any additional compensation to you and always subject to your additional explicit consent for such use where required by applicable law and as stated in our Privacy Policy (the “Company License”).

“The Company License is for the limited purpose of operating Lensa and improving our existing and new products, including but not limited to training Lensa’s Al within your Use of Magic Avatars feature of the application or if otherwise implied by the Using of Lensa and its services, unless you have provided us your additional explicit consent for the different purpose where required by applicable law.

“The Company License terminates when you delete the User Content from Lensa’s library or by terminating your account.”

To revoke the company’s right to use your pictures, the conditions state you need to contacting them at [email protected].

Commenting on the terms, one Twitter user said the company “own the rights to your face in perpetuity.”

The app has also been called out by many for stealing the work of other artists to create the images.

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