Law draft to ban covert modeling
Since the early 00’s it has become (nearly) impossible to determine in still or moving pictures what is an image of a human, imaged with a (movie) camera and what on the other hand is a simulation of an image of a human imaged with a simulation of a camera.
When there is no camera and the target being imaged with a simulation looks deceptively human it is a digital look-alike.
Now the equivalent thing is happening to our voices i.e. they can be stolen to some extent with the 2016 prototypes like Adobe Voco and DeepMind WaveNet and made to say anything. When it is not possible to determine with human testing what is a recording of a real voice and what is a simulation it is a digital sound-alike.
It is time to act and ban covert modeling.
In the cinemas we have seen digital look-alikes for over 10 years. These digital look-alikes have “clothing” (a simulation of clothing is not clothing) or “superhero costumes” and “superbaddie costumes”, but unfortunately organized criminal gangs with this weapons capability at their disposal are spreading naked digital look-alikes with unnatural “physical” interactions. These industrially produced delusions cause human suffering and societal suffering and the parts that can be outlawed should be outlawed for the protection of the citizens from the arbitrary disinformation attacks by criminal leagues.
Anecdotally we can say: “Do you think that was Hugo Weaving’s left cheekbone that Keanu Reeves punched in with his right fist?”
Brief look at laws that intersect with covert modeling concerns
Chapter 24 of the Finnish Criminal Code “on violating privacy, peace and honor” includes some laws that are touching the issue but unfortunately do not yield sufficient methods to stop crime.
- § 6 Covert watching
- § 7 Preparing for covert listening or watching
- § 8 Spreading information that violates right to private life
- § a 8 Aggravated spreading information that violates right to private life
- § 9 Defamation
- § 10 Aggravated defamation
Proposed law to ban covert modeling
§ 1 Covert modeling of appearance
Acquiring a 3D model and making a 7D bidirectional reflectance distribution function model¹ or similar but technically different model without consent i.e. covert modeling of appearance is illegal. Also possession, purchase, sale, yielding, import and export of covert models are punishable.
§ 2 Of using covert image likeness models
Animation and projection from the covert models defined in section 1 to still and animated 2D image or stereo-images² and making these available is forbidden³.
§ 3 Covert modeling of a human voice
Acquiring a model of human voice⁴ that deceptively resembles a human voice, possession, purchase, sale, yielding, import and export without the consent of the target is illegal.
§ 4 Of using covert voice models
Generating and making available audio material from a covert model of a human voice is illegal.
- The seven dimensions of the bidirectional reflectance distribution function are as follows: 3 cartesian X,Y,Z and 2 for the entry angle and 2 for the exit angle of the light.
- In movie lingo the so called “3D”. In reality it supposedly is only 2 pcs 2D planes in its dimension.
- Those in posession of the end product should be encouraged to seek help and not criminalized.
- E.g. Adobe Voco ja DeepMind WaveNet. Not yet publicly audible.
It may be seven dimensional and we are in approximately 4 dimensions but they cannot leave the 2D projection if we don’t let it anymore. Is there any political will to do something about it?
Serious viewing on the situation
- A 7D model of the POTUS was made in 2013 with his consent
- On the semi-realtime manipulation of human depicting 2D video with facial gesture and lipsync forcing syntesis, Thies et al. 2016, Stanford
This is a document is the translation of a Finnish original from 2016 intended to be a citizens initiative.