Bev Standing, a Canadian voice actor, has sued TikTok for allegedly using recordings of her voice without her consent. TikTok is a social media platform that allows users to post short video clips that can be edited with various video and audio effects. Ms. Standing alleges that one of TikTok’s features, a text-to-speech audio effect, uses her voice. A lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging breach of copyright on the part of TikTok for using Ms. Standing’s voice in the text-to-speech audio effect without her permission. In the time since the lawsuit was filed, TikTok has changed the voice used in the audio effect to a different voice. The lawsuit is a reminder of the broad protection that copyright provides to a wide variety of works (including the voice).
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