Can You Sell AI Generated Art?

With AI having the capabilities of creating art, many of us have searched if it can be financially helpful. Here’s the answer you are looking for.

Can you sell ai generated art

From scrolling the Discover feed to tapping on Twitter, there is no place where I do not see pictures from AI. It feels like DALL·E 2, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion are some kind of expensive teacups we are holding onto for the exquisite artwork of 2022. My memory recalls a notification that popped up last week or month, displaying pictures of the Mona Lisa dressed in Indian ethnic clothes. In addition, AI art, which won over human artists, disappointed millions. Every time I write about the Renaissance artists or Byzantine art style, I wonder how fascinating is the journey of art, that it started from the scriptures and caves and reached art from words. But to be honest, deep inside, I care more about human artists than AI. The time when someone illustrated the famous Girl in the Pearl by Johannes Vermeer through AI was terribly shocking to me. After everything, I believe that AI art can never replace anyone but can assure help to the less resourceful or unprivileged businesses and others. Even graphic designers intend to find purposeful through AI applications. But, hey, don’t you think we are missing something? Indeed, the most awaited topic on the internet- can you sell ai generated art, if so, how would we do it?

What Is AI Art?

Before we even think about selling ai art let’s learn about the same.

It is the kind of art in which a horrible machine with no privacy guarantee can create something through its actions by interpreting our words. It isn’t a joke; it is ridicule.

Let me be honest and tell you the virtuous definition of it. A machine learning process involves generating artwork (visual, audio, or otherwise) based on some information that it has accumulated. Although humans collect the data and teach the machine how to use it, the creative process is left to the device.

Another way to think about it is that one day you art visiting a beautiful art gallery where you see abstract art or the other world through an algorithm or code. But before you rely on it, know that without a good code, you can not draw a masterpiece, even through artificial intelligence. Big Bang transformation!

Now that you know about AI art, let me tell you whether you can sell it or not.

Can You Sell AI Generated Art?

Yes, but with few restrictions. For a brief outlook, I will let you know about it through phases. First, let me question the legality of selling art.

AI art Midjourney

The simple question is whether you can put a copyright on AI-generated art. Talking about Japan and USA, there is no copyright protection given to the artists, which make art, literature, and audio from AI. But from the jurisdictions of the UK and India, the literary, dramatic, or artistic works created by AI have copyrights of the programmer. However, remember that the copyrights belong to the programmer and not to an individual. For example, if you create a few images on Midjourney and wish to sell them, their rights belong to Midjourney and not to you. Hence, today AI is not legalized as entities under the law.

Secondly, if you check the commercial rights of companies, few cases of restrictions allow you to sell.

For example, Open AI says

“Starting today, users get full usage rights to commercialize the images they create with DALL·E, including the right to reprint, sell, and merchandise. This includes images they generated during the research preview.

Users have told us that they are planning to use DALL·E images for commercial projects, like illustrations for children’s books, art for newsletters, concept art and characters for games, mood boards for design consulting, and storyboards for movies.”

In most cases, like in Midjourney, the copyright belongs to the company.

Dream by Wombo says,

Users own all artworks created by users with the assistance of the Service, including all related copyrights and other intellectual property rights (if applicable).

Now that you have read the brief item, you are smart enough to figure out the details.

How to Earn From AI Art?

You already know, technically, you can not sell AI art, but somehow you can still earn money from it. How?

The best way to earn through digital art is from art competitions. If you win, you will bank good bucks, enough to eat pizza for 35 days!

The second way of selling ai art is through NFTs, which are quite popular now. If you wish to read more about it from creating NFT to selling it, you can refer to this article.

Further, you can sell ai art on social media, your own website, and even from the teaching classes.

That’s enough, Folks! I pledged to give you a worthy short read and accomplished it fairly.


Legends, you already know much about AI art. Even if you can’t sell them, you can still own them and boast your artistry in front of your guests and friends through distinguished posters. Also, my favorite part-time is creating images on these AI tools and having fun experimenting with them.

Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments, and I will be happy to answer!

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