Videos With Fake Faces – What Legal Remedy?

Professor Eric Goldman of UC Santa Clara writes about new technology that allows adept editors to put someone’s face on a video of someone else. That can produce comic results, but it can also be a kind of revenge porn, or just nasty porn, if one puts a well-known face on a body doing pornographic things. Prof. Goldman says it is hard to conceive of a legal remedy guaranteed to be effective for the person whose face is used. He discusses copyright and defamation and finds them limited. He does not pay much attention to privacy, since U.S. privacy laws tend to focus on specific bits of personal information rather than give general rights. However, PIPEDA gives a general right – at least when the personal information is collected, used or disseminated for a commercial purpose. Would Canadian law provide a remedy for this kind of activity? How commercial would a revenge porn site have to be? How likely would a ‘satire’ defence be? Would one of the statutory…

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