Market Day AI-generated art and NFT policy


The short version

By applying for a stall at Papercuts Comics Festival’s market day, you agree that:

  • you will not sell, display or promote any NFTs at the market day
  • if you have AI-generated art for sale or on display, it will be no more than one-quarter of your stock. 
The longer version

What are NFTs?

NFT stands for non-fungible token and refers to a unique digital identifier that is recorded in type of digital ledger called a blockchain, and which is used to certify ownership and authenticity. NFTs can be associated with a particular digital or physical asset.

What is AI-generated art?

AI-generated art is any artwork created by using artificial intelligence programs, including text-to-image programs such as DALL-E 2, Stable Diffusion or Midjourney. It is not art drawn by hand using a computer program such as Photoshop, Clip Studio or Procreate.

What do we mean by one-quarter of your stock?

This is defined on an item type basis. For example, if you have one comic for sale that contains AI-generated art, you must have three additional comics for sale with art that is not AI-generated. If you have two AI-generated art prints for sale, you must have six other non-AI-generated art prints for sale. These numbers refer to different products, not the number of copies of each product.

Why the limit on AI-generated art? / Why is AI-generated art not banned entirely?

There are a lot of valid concerns about AI-generated art, including copyright infringement considerations, the effect on artists, and whether not it even qualifies as art. We want to limit its place at Papercuts Comics Festival because we want to celebrate local creators and their original work. However, we don’t want to exclude artists who may choose to use the technology alongside their traditional practice. We may reassess this policy in future, but it will apply to the 2023 event.

Are there exceptions to this policy?


How will the policy be enforced?

If your application to be a stallholder at Papercuts Comics Festival’s market day is successful and you are observed in breach of this policy, you will be asked to remove the breaching material from display and stop selling it. If you are observed a second time, you will be removed from the event and will forfeit your deposit.

Please contact us if you require further clarification.