# Library of babel image archives. Copyright and illegal images?

I just learned about the library of babel image archives. It works exactly like the version with the books. There are all possible images with that specific size available.

For the copyright part, I found this question here asking the same for the books and the answer, as I understand it, is that it would be unlikely an copyright infringement because it is completely random and you didn't just copy the work of someone else but generate it yourself with that random algorithm.

About that, the site has the function to upload an image and search where this image is in the archives. The image may be shrunk down to match the canvas size but I did still get the original image in an lower resolution.

If I search for an image with copyright, does the found image in the archives still have the original copyright? If not, couldn't I just use every copyrighted image I want, search for it in the archive and just use this image that may have an lower resolution to prevent an copyright infringement?

Also, how are illegal images handled? Can't I just search for an illegal image and tell some authority that image number #143.... displays something illegal?

• 99.9999999% of the images are static, and the claim "all images are in this" is bullshit. Feb 27 at 10:07
• @Trish No this is true. Its just an algorythm that generates an image at a specific place. It's just like generating a random number with code. You can provide the generator with an seed to get a specific number. And pixel in an image are also just number for the red, green, blue values. The "seed" here is the place where this image is in the archives and it's mostly 1.000.000 digits long to get to the exact same "number" that generates all the specific rgb values of the image. Feb 27 at 13:59
• @Trish Yes, that's normal. 200 is like a sample size of 0 compared to the 10^961755 possible pictures this algorithm can generate. Same is true for the original library of babel that contains every text combination. Feb 27 at 18:51
• @Trish, I realized that perhaps there are no real stored images. Certainly not "all". But, since every possible image can be "represented by" a (large!) number (specifying, according to some rule...), the game is that we feed The Algorithm" a suitably-sized number, and it shows us what the corresponding combination of pixels looks like. Then ... what happens (in the vanishingly small) possibility that some copyrighted image is (essentially randomly) produced? Feb 27 at 19:03
• @paulgarrett Yeah thats how it works. The images are not stored but generated. For the copyrighted images: You can use the search image option on the site to search for a specific image. Feb 27 at 19:44