May 12, 2021

Who’s Behind the Voice?

Bev Standing is a voiceover artist who, in 2018, recorded over 10,000 audio files for the Chinese Institution of Acoustics research body. The recordings were used for translations. However it has recently come to Standing’s attention that TikTok, a video sharing social network platform, has used her voice as part of its text-to-speech function without her consent.

Standing has said that TikTok’s text-to-speech function allows users to convert writing into speech which can then be used in videos posted on the platform. Standing has issued a claim in New York against TikTok as a result of its unauthorised use of her voice which she has said is causing irreparable harm to her reputation, and infringes her copyright.

Tik Tok has not commented on the recent allegations.

If you have any questions about this or any other IP issue, please contact the team at McDaniels law on 0191 281 4000 or by email at legal@mcdanielslaw.com.

Posted by: Tom Staveley in: Copyright, EU/International

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