The Glaze Project (including Glaze, Nightshade, WebGlaze and others) is a research effort that develops technical tools with the explicit goal of protecting human creatives against invasive uses of generative artificial intelligence or GenAI. Our team is composed of computer science professors and PhD students from the University of Chicago. We perform research studies and develop tools that artists can use to disrupt unauthorized AI training on their work product. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure the continued vitality of human artists, and to restore balance and ensure a healthy coexistence between AI and human creatives, where the human creatives retain agency and control over their work products and their use. Since 2022, our team has released multiple tools, including Glaze, a tool to disrupt art style mimicry, Nightshade, a tool to disincentivize training without consent on scraped images, and WebGlaze, a free web service to make Glaze accessible to artists with limited computing resources. All of our tools are free to use for artists, and will never be used to generate profit. All our expenses for research and advocacy are covered by research grants and donations (Thank you National Science Foundation, DARPA, Amazon AWS and C3.ai).

Our Values and Our Mission. Art is inspired by and an expression of our experiences, emotions, pain and trauma. It connects us and defines much of what it means to be human. We believe that human creativity is unique and ever evolving, and today's generative AI systems can only produce poor approximations of the human creative works they are trained on. Our goal is to help ensure that human creativity continues to thrive, by providing the technological tools that enables all human creatives (artists, musicians, authors, journalists, voice actors, dancers, choreographers ...) to protect their artistic creations from unwanted AI training and AI mimicry.

To date, artists across the globe have downloaded Glaze more than 2.3 million times in the last year, and Nightshade more than 300,000 times in 2 months. Our projects have been covered by major newspapers and news networks on every continent, from the Americas to EU, from Asia to South Africa. We have given talks to artist groups around the world, advocated for ethical AI with legislators in the US and EU, and are actively engaged with the US Copyright Office, the FTC, and multiple other federal agencies.

The Glaze Project has thus far produced three peer-reviewed publications at top computer security conferences:

We have received a number of awards and recognitions for our work:

Here is a rough list of agencies, groups, associations that we have met and worked with in our mission to advocate for human creatives.

Legislative and
Regulatory Groups
Guilds and
Trade Groups
Select Global Media and Press
  • US Copyright Office
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • IL State Legislature
  • CA State Legislature
  • United Nations CT&D
Schools and Universities
  • Univ. of Chicago
  • UChicago Law
  • UChicago Booth
  • Columbia Univ.
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • ArtCenter College of Design
  • UVa Darden School of Business
  • George Mason Univ. Law School
  • Montserrat College of Art
  • NIU School of Art and Design
  • Academy of Media Arts Cologne
  • Concept Artists Association
  • Graphic Artists Guild
  • National Assoc of Voice Actors
  • EGAIR
  • Arte es √Čtica
  • Association of Photographers (UK)
  • National Assoc of Broadcasters
  • Guild of Nat. Sci. Illustrators
  • Copyright Alliance
  • kro.se (Sweden)
  • British Screen Forum
  • IATSE
  • CASE Editors Forum
  • RIAA
  • UMPG
  • BRIC Foundation
  • New York Times
  • MIT Technology Review
  • NBC News
  • ABC 7 Chicago
  • BBC
  • CNN
  • NPR Marketplace
  • CNBC
  • PBS
  • Scientific American
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Bloomberg
  • IEEE Spectrum
  • Forbes
  • Business Insider
  • TechCrunch
  • InformationWeek
  • Axios
  • Engadget
  • The Register
  • London Evening Standard
  • Yomiuri Shimbun (JP)
  • Asahi Shimbun (JP)
  • Hankyoreh (S Korea)
  • NHK News (HK)
  • Xataka
  • La Nacion
  • NBC Nigeria
  • India Times
  • Sohu China
  • Heise Online (DE)
  • CTV News (Canada)
  • Deutschlandfunkkultur (DE)
  • 3Fach.ch (CH)