Morgan Freeman slams his AI voice imitations, thanks fans for calling out ‘hoax’

Morgan Freeman shared a note thanking his fans on Friday morning, expressing gratitude for the efforts of users calling out unauthorized AI imitations of the actor’s famous voice.

The 87-year-old famous actor has become a legend for his narration in films such as March of the Penguins, The Shawshank Redemption and Million Dollar Baby. The reputation of Freeman’s excellent voice has made her a particularly popular target of AI-generated voice imitations, including in a recent viral series of TikToks created by a woman posing as the “actor’s granddaughter.” Freeman is not a fan of practice.

“Thank you to my incredible fans for your vigilance and support in calling out the unauthorized use of an AI voice that impersonates me,” the actor wrote. “Your dedication helps ensure that authenticity and integrity remain paramount. Grateful. #AI #fraud #impersonation #IdentityProtection”

Freeman’s representation had no further comment.

The actor’s comments come at a time when AI imitations have faced scrutiny in the entertainment industry. Scarlett Johansson’s legal team recently called for OpenAI to reveal how it created its personal AI voice assistant, Sky, and to pull the chatbot because it sounds too similar to her voice. Johansson said she was approached by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman last September with a request to use her voice for a chat form of ChatGPT, but she declined for “personal reasons.” The actor said last month that she was “shocked, angry and in disbelief” that the AI ​​company went ahead and used a voice remarkably similar to hers after she refused to work with them.

Altman also allegedly contacted her agent two days before the voice assistant demo was released asking her to reconsider. The company stopped using the voice assistant, but stated that the voice was not an imitation of Johansson.

In April, Drake also came under fire from Tupac Shakur’s estate for using an AI imitation of the West Coast rapper on his Kendrick Lamar-featuring “Taylor Made Freestyle.” Howard King, who represents Shakur’s estate, sent Drake a cease and desist, stating that the song was “a blatant abuse of the legacy of one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time.”

The song also used an AI-generated verse from Snoop Dogg, who took to Instagram on April 20 in a video to vaguely address the situation, saying “What did they do? When? How? Are you sure? You have have a good night.” Drake took down the record on April 26, a week after posting it.

Hollywood has begun asking Congress to take action on AI, but it’s unclear what laws, if any, will be passed to control the technology.

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