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Lawyers say OpenAI could be in real trouble with Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson at the Clooney Foundation For Justice’s The Albies
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OpenAI could face legal consequences for making a ChatGPT voice that sounds a lot like Scarlett Johansson — whether the company did so intentionally or not. And the fact that OpenAI’s CEO referenced those similarities? That only makes matters worse, intellectual property lawyers tell The Verge.

“There are a few courses of actions she can take, but case law supports her position,” says Purvi Patel Albers, partner at the law firm Haynes Boone with a focus on trademarks and copyright.

After demoing updates to ChatGPT last week, OpenAI spurred commentary and headlines noting that the voice of its AI assistant — named Sky — sounded a lot like Johansson, especially her performance as an AI assistant in the movie Her.

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