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Berkeley Startup Accused of Stealing Actors’ Voices to Create AI Generator

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Gene Maddaus Senior Media Writer Lovo, a Berkeley-based AI startup, was accused in a class action lawsuit on Thursday of stealing actors’ voices to create Genny, a publicly accessible AI generator.

Paul Skye Lehrman and Linnea Sage, a New York couple who work as voice actors, alleged that they were deceived into providing voice samples through a freelance website.

They were paid $1200 and $400, respectively, for reading scripts, and were told the recordings would be used internally, or for academic purposes.

Years later, they discovered that their voices had been cloned and were being used publicly without their permission or additional payment, the suit alleges.

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