Bytedance/TikTok Bev Standing voice theft

Occurred: May 2021

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Voice actor Bev Standing is suing TikTok owner Bytedance for allegedly using her voice without her permission for its new text-to-speech function. 

Hired to read thousands of English sentences for translation by China's Institute of Acoustics, Standing believes the recordings somehow came into TikTok's possession and her voice used to generate TikTok's new text-to-speech function.

With her voice appearing in 'foul and offensive' viral videos across the world, Standing also accuses TikTok of causing her reputation 'irreparable harm'. 

TikTok owner Bytedance settled with Standing in September 2021, though has yet to acknowledge in public that it had been using her voice.

Operator: ByteDance/TikTok
Developer: ByteDance/TikTok
Country: USA; Global
Sector: Technology
Purpose: Convert speech to text
Technology: Text-to-speech
Issue: Copyright; Employment - jobs; Employment - pay
Transparency: Privacy; Legal; Marketing

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Type: Incident
Published: June 2021
Last updated: September 2021