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Tech Attorney and Cyber Expert Explains How Deepfake Videos are a New Form of Domestic Violence

“AI” technology has many wonderful benefits, but it has also been used for nefarious purposes like “deepfake” videos.

Starting late last year, tech-savvy Internet users used “AI” to superimpose celebrities’ faces onto that of porn stars and other sex workers. The result? Realistic-looking pornography starring everyone from Angelina Jolie to Emma Watson.

But, these so-called “deepfake” videos are no longer just dangerous for famous women, says Marcus Harris, tech attorney. They are now being used as a tool of domestic abusers.

“Abusers have long blackmailed and controlled their victims with the use of potentially embarrassing videos and pictures,” says Harris. “Indeed, this is so prevalent it has led to something known as ‘revenge porn,’ in which jilted lovers shame and expose their ex-lovers by posting graphic pictures and videos of them online.”

However, Harris says that due to new “AI” technology, abusive partners no longer even need actual graphic content with which to control and punish their partners…they can now simply create it.

“Sadly, many women have already been harmed by this new form of sexual violence, which has been called ‘non consensual porn on steroids.’ One such victim, a prominent female journalist in India, recently posted about her experience on Twitter, and her brave testimony will hopefully encourage other women to come forward and fight back against these heinous crimes,” says Harris.

Despite these growing concerns, Harris says that are not many laws on the books which can protect victims of ‘deepfake’ videos and images.

“We are still woefully behind when it comes to policing and prosecuting revenge porn, and when it comes to deepfake crimes, we are even further behind the 8-ball,” says Harris. “Lawmakers need to get started on this issue right now, before more lives are ruined.”

About Marcus Harris, Attorney-At-Law:
Marcus Harris is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, one of the country’s oldest law firms. Since 1999 he has focused his practice on drafting and negotiating ERP related technology contracts and on recovering damages for clients in lawsuits involving failed ERP implementations.

Mr. Harris has developed one of the nation’s leading practices devoted to representing clients in lawsuits and threats of lawsuits involving failed ERP software implementations. Unlike most intellectual property litigators, he has extensive experience drafting and negotiating complex ERP and ERP related contracts. In addition to litigating failed ERP implementations, he represents companies nationwide in connection with drafting, negotiating and preparing software license agreements, software maintenance agreements, software development agreements, statements of work, consulting service agreements, RFPs and RFIs. He is a frequent speaker on and has taught continuing legal education courses on enterprise software and technology related issues.

Mr. Harris has extensive legal and related business experience in the technology industry. Prior to forming his own practice, he worked in the Legal/Contracts Department of SAP America and was Senior Corporate Counsel in charge of intellectual property at SSA Global Technologies (now Infor) where he developed and managed an extensive international trademark and patent portfolio, managed intellectual property litigation, conducted intellectual property due diligence and reviewed advertising material to verify compliance with legal requirements. During law school Mr. Harris completed an advanced externship at the United States Copyright Office in Washington D.C.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Technology Executives Club. Mr. Harris is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois and is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and the District of Colorado. He has also been admitted pro hac vice to various courts around the country.


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