Scarlett Johansson becomes victim of alleged deepfake advert


A lawyer for the actress has vowed to take legal action after the promo appeared online. The issue has also been on the agenda at this week’s AI safety summit in the UK.

 

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Scarlett Johansson has become the latest high-profile victim of a seemingly unauthorised deepfake advert.

A version of the Marvel actress created using artificial intelligence (AI) reportedly appeared in an online promotion for a firm called Lisa AI, which lets users create avatars and images using text prompts.

 


A lawyer for Johansson said the company had used her likeness without permission, using footage from a campaign she did with fundraising company Omaze.

The ad was seen on X, formerly known as Twitter, but appears to have since been removed.

Variety reported that the promo had included a disclaimer under the image of Johansson, which said: “Images produced by Lisa AI. It has nothing to do with this person.”

 


But Johansson’s lawyer Kevin Yorn warned: “We do not take these things lightly.

“Per our usual course of action in these circumstances, we will deal with it with all legal remedies that we will have.”

Sky News has contacted Lisa AI for comment.

The company’s free app remains available on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store.

 


AI: ‘My nightmare is to die then be in an advert’
Johnson joins the likes of Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise in having her likeness leveraged by advertisers using AI.

 

Last month, Hanks told his 9.5 million Instagram followers not to fall for an ad that appeared to use his face but was actually a deepfake.


YouTuber MrBeast has also warned of an iPhone scam using his face to lure people in.

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