SEOUL (The Korea Herald/Asia News Network): For the first time in South Korea, a man has been sentenced to prison for producing child pornography using an artificial intelligence (AI) image generator, South Korean media reported on Monday (Sept 25).
The man, who is in his 40s, was sentenced to 2½ years in prison on charges of violating the Act on the Protection of Children and Youth against Sex Offences, according to reports.
In April, the man created 360 sexually explicit images on an image-generating AI programme installed on a laptop, with commands including “10 years old”, “nude” and “child”.
The images created by the man were confiscated by the police, and have not been distributed.
Citing the images’ lifelikeness, the court rejected the man’s claims that the images could not be considered sexual exploitation of children.
Under South Korean laws, producing, storing and/or distributing child pornography is punishable by jail terms from a minimum of five years to life imprisonment.