Emerging artificial intelligence technology now allows human voices to be mimicked with incredible accuracy in addition to more traditional means of using soundalikes. Where voices of famous people are copied without their consent, the right of publicity under state law is set on a collision course with federal copyright law and in some cases, the First Amendment as well. Veteran intellectual property lawyer Peter Afrasiabi traces the origins of the right of publicity and explains how this right applies when recordings of mimicked human voices are used for commercial exploitation.
Peter Afrasiabi, Partner, One LLP, Newport Beach, CA
Peter is a founding partner at One, LLP, and focuses his practice on copyright, patent, trademark and entertainment litigation. In addition, he is a professor and the Director of the Appellate Clinic at University of California, Irvine School of Law. Peter graduated from University of California, Los Angeles and University of Southern California Gould School of Law.