Voice Over Rallies To Support Bev Standing's
TikTok Lawsuit. GoFundMe Raising Thousands
May 20, 2021
(VOXtra) - It's been a little over two busy weeks since a lawsuit was filed against social media giant TikTok by voice actor Bev Standing (pictured) for unauthorized use of her voice in that system's text-to-speech feature.
Reports of that suit on VoiceOverXtra and other media have rallied the voice over community on social media:
Gilbert also initiated a LinkedIn poll, asking:
To date, 99% of the respondents say: "Yes, of course."
'DISCUSSION SO IMPORTANT'
To all this, Standing says "I am completely overwhelmed. The support has been tremendous.
"I truly believe the voice over community understands the reason I've chosen this path," she adds, "which is to better the industry and create communication between talent and clients/creatives as to why this discussion is so important - especially as the digital world advances."
At the GoFundMe page, Standing adds: "The universe has provided an opportunity for us to make a difference, and to make this industry better as technology advances."
Also at the GoFundMe page, voice actor Mike Hanson echoes the sentiment of many in the VO community:
AND TIKTOK REPLIES ...
Well, nothing. Yet.
"There's no response from TikTok yet," says Standing's attorney (and voice actor/actor) Robert Sciglimpaglia. "I'm very pleased that the voice over community is not only following this case, but also supporting it with a GoFundMe campaign."
Money raised there will be put in a trust, Sciglimpaglia adds.
For more about the issue and what's at stake for voice over, check out additional media reports, including:
Bev Takes on TikTok and Why that Matters to You, by Paul Strikwerda - which includes a discussion of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances
A voice actor claims in a lawsuit that TikTok used her voice without permission for its text-to-speech feature, Insider
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