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Actor sues TikTok for using her voice in viral tool

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It converts writing into speech, which can then be played over videos uploaded to the app, often for comedic effect.

Bev Standing recorded about 10,000 sentences of audio for the state-backed Chinese Institute of Acoustics research body to use in translations, in 2018.

The legal action claims her voice can now be heard in viral videos featuring “foul and offensive language”, causing her reputation “irreparable harm”.

Standing, from Ontario, Canada, told BBC News no permission had been given for these recordings to be used in any other applications or resold.

“My voice is my product – it’s my business,” she said.

“You can’t just use it and not reimburse me for what I do.

“If you want to use someone’s voice, pay for it.”

Standing, who does not use TikTok, felt “violated”, after several videos were sent to her by friends, family and colleagues.

“When I realised you could get me to say anything you want… that’s when I kind of got upset,” she said, describing the content as “totally against brand.”

“I’m certainly hoping it doesn’t affect my business in a negative way.

“Clients may stop hiring me because they recognise that voice.”

Robert Sciglimpaglia, the lawyer representing Ms Standing, told BBC News: “The technology exists where anyone’s voice can be replicated through artificial intelligence. “This is not an issue just about celebrities or voice actors, who of course will be hugely impacted because their livelihood is literally being taken away from them.

Neither TikTok nor parent company Bytedance had responded to the legal filing, issued in New York last week, he added.

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Arrest warrant issued against NYS scandal suspect

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Editor Review;Ngirita is facing four counts of failing to pay taxes.

The businesswoman is accused of failing to pay taxes amounting to the aforementioned amount between December 2016 and December 27.

This is the second time an arrest warrant is being issued against Ngirita who is facing four counts of failure to submit a tax return and failure to pay tax.

She further claimed that all this stemmed from the fact that the boy could no longer attend Pembroke School due to an outstanding KSh 3.4 million debt. 

She went on to plead with President Uhuru Kenyatta to step in and help her family out, which she felt was made to bear the heaviest brunt of the NYS corruption scandal.

“I want the President to know that we are being persecuted. My family has been through a lot. Even if I am a suspect, we have been persecuted for two years.

 I used to work and all my money is stuck at NYS. I’d rather die or be thrown in jail than go through this

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Radio Jambo presenter pleads for Ksh 4.3m financial help

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The veteran sports presenter at the Radio Africa-based station is seeking to raise funds to facilitate a kidney transplant in Turkey.

According to a notice shared on social media, Kuria’s family is on a financial drive to raise Ksh4.3 million.

According to Toldo’s colleague, Fred Arocho, the radio presenter has been unwell for some time and needs specialized treatment. 

“My brother and colleague at Radio Jambo, Toldo Kuria (Mzee Toldo), has been unwell for some time,” Arocho confirmed.

“Mzee Toldo, our son, father, brother, and friend was recently diagnosed with kidney failure and requires an urgent kidney transplant.

This will be undertaken in Turkey and the total cost of the operation is Ksh4.3 million. 

“My good friend and football commentator Toldo Kuria is unwell and in dire need of your prayers and financial support. Any amount will be appreciated,” Radull wrote.

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The Nakuru magistrates court has granted Meru Senator Mithika Linturi a sh 2million cash bail or sh5 million conditional bond over alleged incitement remarks at a rally this past weekend.

Linturi is expected to report to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters in Kiambu County weekly.

The High Court in Nakuru has also ordered the Meru Senator not to contact or intimidate any witnesses in the case either by proxy or personally.

“His free speech rights are limited that he should not make any comments on the case under investigation,” Chief Magistrate Edna Nyaloti ruled Tuesday.

Linturi is facing charges of alleged incitement remarks he made during Deputy President William Ruto’s rally in Eldoret on Saturday.

He was arrested on Sunday morning in Eldoret and driven to Nakuru before being taken to the DCI offices in Nairobi.

He was later returned to Kaptembwo Police Station where he spent the night.

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