Galit Gura-Fini, the voice behind Hebrew Siri, is suing Apple for NIS250,000 (US$67,000). She claims Apple didn’t ask permission to use her voice.
Syllables Joined Together by an Algorithm
Ms. Gura-Fini—who also voices the Hebrew voice of Waze—says Siri “coaxes her likeness into spewing potential hate speech such as sexist language or hostile terminology.” Apple responded by saying Siri is merely “syllables joined together by an algorithm.”
Ms. Gura-Fini performed the voice for Nuance Communications, which Apple acquired in 2016. She said she only authorized the use of her voice for “legitimate” purposes. When she contacted Apple earlier this year requesting her voice be removed, Apple denied the request, saying that its acquisition of Nuance grants Apple permission to use any acquired audio recordings.