Occurred: October 2021
Japanese police have arrested a man who admitted to sharing and selling pornography that had been deepfaked to clarify censored, pixellated genitalia.
According to The Mainichi, Masayuki Nakamoto sold over 2,500 doctored video files for 11 million yen (roughly $96,000) using TecoGAN, a deep learning video clarification tool, to unblur genitalia.
Nakamoto was arrested for breaking Japan's copyright law and obscenity law, which bans the display of 'indecent materials'.
Operator: Masayuki Nakamoto
Developer: Masayuki Nakamoto
Purpose: Drive sales
Technology: Deepfake - audio; Generative adversarial network (GAN); Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning
Issue: Privacy; Ethics; Copyright