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Dad. moves closer to banning pornographic deepfakes – NBC10 Philadelphia

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  • The Pennsylvania Senate is moving forward with legislation to ban the distribution of lascivious or pornographic deepfakes, with sponsors saying it would remove a loophole that has frustrated prosecutors.
  • The bill was unanimously approved on Monday and sent to the House of Representatives. It comes as states are working to update their laws.
  • Under the bill, one provision would make it a crime to harass someone by distributing a deepfake image of them while naked or engaged in a sexual act without their consent. The crime would be more serious if the victim is a minor.

The Pennsylvania Senate on Monday approved legislation that would ban the distribution of lascivious or pornographic deepfakes, with sponsors saying it will remove a loophole that has frustrated prosecutors.

The bill was unanimously approved and sent to the House of Representatives.

It comes as states are increasingly working to update their laws to respond to such cases, including the victimization of celebrities, including Taylor Swift, through the creation and distribution of computer-generated images using artificial intelligence to appear real.

Under the bill, one provision would make it a crime to attempt to harass someone by distributing a deepfake image of them while naked or engaged in a sexual act without their consent. The crime would be more serious if the victim is a minor.

Another provision would ban such deepfakes created and distributed as depictions of child sexual abuse.

President Joe Biden’s administration, meanwhile, is forcing the tech industry and financial institutions to shut down a growing market of offensive sexual images created with artificial intelligence technology.

Sponsors pointed to a New Jersey case as inspiration for the bill.

The problem with deepfakes isn’t new, but experts say it’s getting worse as the technology to produce them becomes more available and easier to use.

Researchers are sounding the alarm over the explosion of AI-generated child sexual abuse material using images of real victims or virtual characters. Last year, the FBI warned that it would continue to receive reports of victims, both minors and adults, whose photos or videos were used to create explicit content that was shared online.

Several states have passed their own laws to combat the problem, such as criminalizing non-consensual deepfake porn or giving victims the ability to sue perpetrators in civil court for damages.

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