Lainey Wilson Testifies On AI Legislation
Lainey Wilson testified today (2/3) at the AI Legislation At House Judiciary’s Los Angeles Field Hearing. She was speaking about the danger of unauthorized AI deepfakes and voice clones.
Lainey told lawmakers, “We need to keep humanity in art. We cannot lose that. My art is uniquely and literally me, my name, my likeness, my voice.” I do not have to tell you how much of a gut punch it is to have your likeness or your voice ripped from you and used in ways that you could never imagine or would never allow. It is wrong, plain and simple.”
She added, “There aren’t many things that we can control in life, but making decisions about the use of our own selves, our own unique qualities, that should be one.”
Lainey used the example of seeing his image and even her voice online in unauthorized ads for weight loss gummies. She said of that instance, “I would never in a million years ever do anything like that. But at the end of the day, people say like, ‘I got to see it to believe it.’ Well, they’re seeing it, and they’re folks that I am super close to believe it at times, believing it, too. And it’s really, really scary when it gets to that point.”
In June, Wilson sounded off on the matter. She posted a video on her Instagram pointing out that the ads are lies and that her name is being used without her permission. She said in the video clip, “Alright ya’ll. By now, I’m sure a lot of you’ll have seen some ads about me losing weight, being hospitalized, and how I started taking some weight loss gummies, and blah, blah, blah, it saved my life. Well, surprise, that’s ain’t true.”
She continued, “People will do whatever to make a dollar, even if it is lies, ’cause ain’t nobody sent me any gummies. If I have lost weight, it’s because I am working hard and playing hour-and-a-half shows and running around every night of my life. And to be honest, me losing weight or gaining weight ain’t got anything to do with my music.”
Wilson closed with, “I love ya’ll, and I don’t want you all spending your money on one that ain’t real. Don’t fall for it. But I’ll tell you what, it’d be real nice if they made some gummies that made your a– tell the truth. You get a gummy. You get a gummy. We all getting gummies.”
See that post here.
Wilson said that she was representing the Human Artistry Campaign, which placed an ad in USA Today signed by more than 275 performers and other artists calling for passage of the bill.
The legislation would give individuals more control over the use of their identifying characteristics in digital replicas.