Bill criminalizing ‘deepfakes’ on hold for now

Assemblymember Timothy Grayson’s (D-Concord) AB 1280, the bill to criminalize certain types of “deepfake” recordings, failed to make it out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee on April 23. CNPA opposed the bill.

Legislative deadlines for bills to be passed by policy committees mean that, absent special action by the Legislature, AB 1280 is now off the table for the rest of this year. The bill can, however, be taken up again next year, the second year of this two-year legislative cycle.

Though AB 1280 is out of the running for now, the issue of deepfakes is far from over. Both the Assembly and Senate are considering bills that would create new civil liability for unauthorized creation and distribution of deepfakes that depict sexual conduct.