Voice actors sue AI start-up for “voice theft”

Occurred: May 2024

A group of voiceover actors sued AI start-up, Lovo, for the unauthorised use of their voices

A group of voiceover actors, including Paul Skye Lehrman, filed a class-action lawsuit for USD 5M in damages against AI startup Lovo, accusing the company of misappropriating their voices without consent. The lawsuit alleges that Lovo used the actors’ voices to create AI-generated content, leading to voice theft and potential loss of income.

The actors allege that Lovo’s unauthorised use of their voices has deprived them of control over their work and proper compensation. The lawsuit seeks to represent other voiceover artists who believe their voices were misappropriated by Lovo.

This suit marks a significant development in the ongoing legal battle between creators and AI companies over the use of copyrighted works, unequivocal likeness and personal data. 

Operator: LOVO

Developer: LOVO

Country: USA

Sector: Media/entertainment/sports/arts

Purpose: Generate voice

Technology: Deepfake - audio

Issue: Personality rights

Transparency: Governance