The choose overseeing a wrongful loss of life lawsuit involving Tesla’s Autopilot system rejected Tesla’s declare that movies of CEO Elon Musk’s public statements could be deepfakes.
Tesla’s deepfake declare “is deeply troubling to the Court docket,” Santa Clara County Superior Court docket Choose Evette Pennypacker wrote in a tentative ruling this week. “Their place is that as a result of Mr. Musk is legendary and could be extra of a goal for deep fakes, his public statements are immune. In different phrases, Mr. Musk, and others in his place, can merely say no matter they like within the public area, then cover behind the potential for his or her recorded statements being a deep pretend to keep away from taking possession of what they did really say and do. The Court docket is unwilling to set such a precedent by condoning Tesla’s strategy right here.”
Plaintiffs need Tesla to confess the authenticity of assorted statements Musk made in regards to the self-driving capabilities in Tesla vehicles. Pennypacker’s tentative ruling ordered Musk to be interviewed for a deposition at which plaintiffs can ask whether or not he made the statements.
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