Read the full article by Mallory Hall at YNOT.com

 

LOS ANGELES, CA  Takedown Piracy, the leading firm dedicated to protecting content owners from the damaging effects of piracy, has just launched Operation Minerva. Operation Minerva works to combat Deepfakes and revenge porn. The service is available now to anyone and everyone, including both persons of celebrity and non-celebrity status.

Operation Minerva, which is named after the Roman goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare, targets the makers of Deepfakes or those who digitally alter images or video of actual people onto copyrighted content (often of pornographic nature) in order to embarrass, extort, defraud or otherwise besmirch someone. It also targets those who traffic revenge porn or actual sex videos which they use to extort or cause damage to a person’s reputation.

“This is an opportunity for victims of nonconsensual pornography and deepfake abuse to use sophisticated tools to protect themselves, which is a critical advantage previously unavailable to our clients,” said Adam Dodge, legal and technology director of Laura’s House, a California-based domestic violence nonprofit that is collaborating with Operation Minerva. 

As recently reported by CNN, Brookings and Fortune, sophisticated imaging tools and software have made the existence of Deepfake videos commonplace, targeting celebrities or those in the public eye. Today, anyone with a degree of understanding of these tools can manipulate content and insert anyone’s face to a seemingly realistic situation.

“We are pleased to present Operation Minerva, a much-needed service developed to combat the growing scourge of Deepfakes and revenge porn,” said Nate Glass, Takedown Piracy CEO.

 

Mallory Hall is from Central Texas. She has worked in journalism since her university years and enjoys exploring unexpected occurrences in ordinary places.