De-pixelated porn deepfake uncensoring

October 2021

Japanese police have arrested a man who admitted to sharing and selling pornography that had been deepfaked to clarify pixellated genitalia.

Masayuki Nakamoto used TecoGAN, a deep learning video clarification tool, to unblur genitalia and, according to The Mainichi, sold over 2,500 doctored video files for 11 million yen (roughly $96,000).

He was arrested for breaking Japan's copyright law and obscenity law, which bans the display of 'indecent materials'.

Operator: Masayuki Nakamoto
Developer:
Masayuki Nakamoto
Country:
Japan
Sector:
Media/entertainment/sports/arts
Purpose:
Drive sales
Technology:
Deepfake - audio
Issue/controversy:
Privacy; Ethics; Copyright
Transparency/opacity:
Consent