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AI and copyright: Peter Nunn for The Times

Posted on 21 September 2023

Peter Nunn, a Partner in the Intellectual Property team within Innovation, spoke with The Times about Stephen Fry’s options for legal action after it was claimed that a history documentary had faked Fry's voice without his knowledge.

Peter explained that English copyright law did not cover voices. To take legal action under copyright, Fry would have to have rights in the audio recordings of the Harry Potter books, the dataset that Fry claimed was used to create the fake recording. An alternative option would have been to sue under “passing off” laws.

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