Tennessee's ELVIS Act: Protecting Artists from AI Misuse

Chris Lawson May 28, 2024
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Tennessee's ELVIS Act Safeguards Against AI Misuse

In a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation, Tennessee's music capital, Nashville, has orchestrated a pioneering legislative movement with the enactment of the "Ensuring Likeness Voice and Image Security (ELVIS) Act." This landmark legislation, signed into law by Governor Bill Lee, stands as a formidable shield against the unauthorized manipulation of artists' voices and likenesses by artificial intelligence (AI). Against the backdrop of Tennessee's rich musical heritage, the ELVIS Act emerges as a beacon of protection, setting a precedent for safeguarding artistic integrity in the digital age.

In a swift legislative move, Tennessee enacted the bipartisan "Ensuring Likeness Voice and Image Security (ELVIS) Act" mere weeks after its introduction on January 10. Signed into law by Governor Bill Lee in March at the iconic Robert’s Western World in Nashville, this landmark legislation establishes robust safeguards for individuals' distinct voices and likenesses, shielding them from exploitation by unauthorized AI deepfakes and voice clones. The ELVIS Act not only upholds personal integrity but also celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Tennessee's artistic legacy.

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