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Metal Gear Solid Voice Actor Paul Eiding Speaks Out on Fans, AI Using His Voice Work Without Permission

Paul Eiding, who voices Colonel Campbell in the Metal Gear Solid series, has spoken out about using his voice in an AI project without permission.

iding tweeted Yesterday, he called on content creators not to use the voices of Colonel Campbell, Transformers, Fallout, and other characters in his work in illegal ways.

“If you don’t have written permission to use my voice, you have no permission to use my voice.
Including the use of AI,” he wrote. “Doing so is a violation of my legal rights and a real slap in the face.”

Aiding’s anger at AI’s use of his voice has been voiced by Futaba Sakura in Persona 5, Hristo in God of War: Ragnarok, and Blaze the Hedgehog in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It followed Erica Lindbeck, who plays Kat, speaking out on the same issue.according to the gamerOn Twitter, Lindbeck called on fans to report AI videos that used her narration work without permission, such as an AI-generated cover of Bo Burnham’s “Welcome to the Internet” sung by Futaba.

AI’s creators accused Lindbeck of deeming the video a “stupid but harmless Futaba AI cover” and inciting a campaign of harassment against them. The controversy forced the voice actor to delete his Twitter account without saying anything about when it would be deleted. Twitter has since suspended the AI ​​creator from its platform for violating its media policy.

The impact of AI is becoming an increasingly hot topic within the industry. EA boss Andrew Wilson said in May that the gaming industry will likely be “one of the biggest beneficiaries of AI.” He described AI as an “extension” for the EA team as well as a way for players to create content within EA’s world. If you’re interested in learning more about the subject of AI, IGN recently hosted AI Week with articles and video content on early technologies.

Cristina Alexander is a freelance writer at IGN. In the words of Calvin Harris, she puts her love for Sonic the Hedgehog on the table like a big deal. Follow her on her Twitter @SonicPrincess15.

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