Voiceverse NFT has shocked Twitter by admitting it used voice lines created by a non-commercial rival. This comes after popular voice actor Troy Baker publicly supported the company – with overwhelmingly negative feedback.
What’s Voiceverse NFT?
The main idea behind Voiceverse NFT is that by buying Voice NFTs, you own the rights to a particular voice in the metaverse. Voiceverse NFT claims that contracted voice actors performed these voices. Voice NFT holders can use these voices on YouTube, TikTok, Zoom and game chats. 8,888 Origins pfp’s – paired with unique AI-generated voice models – will be dropping on January 30th.
What’s the controversy about?
Voiceverse NFT had boasted on Twitter about using its technology for the voice of a cartoon character. In reality, the company used 15.ai to create this particular voice.
Contrary to Voiceverse NFT, 15.ai is a free text-to-speech service that uses 15-second voice samples from many fictional characters. After selecting the source (i.e. the franchise) and character, users can enter the text they want and generate a unique voice sample.
Last Friday, the 15.ai creator called out Voiceverse NFT for passing @fifteenai’s work as their own. @fifteenai tweeted: “I’ve been informed that the aforementioned NFT vocal synthesis is actively attempting to appropriate my work for their own benefit.”
Voiceverse immediately deleted their original tweet and apologised by tweeting, “We are extremely sorry about this… We will make sure this never happens again.” However, this apology did not impress Twitterers. In fact, they are actively calling out both Voiceverse and Troy Baker for stealing the work of other creators. Despite the backlash, Troy Baker has not yet withdrawn from the project.
This is not the first time celebrities like Baker have been associated with NFT projects that have not been supported by fans. Recently, BTS faced similar backlash after Hybe announced the company is going forward with BTS NFTs.