Named as a “Rising Star – one of the UK’s Best Up and Coming Female Lawyers” 2023 by Law.com, Kelsey Farish is a media and technology lawyer (England) and one of Europe’s leading legal experts on deepfakes and manipulated digital content.
She has written extensively on personality rights, social media, and the application of artificial intelligence to the creative industries. Her scholarship includes publications in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice and for the European Audiovisual Observatory, as well as appearing as an expert before the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel.
Originally from Seattle, Kelsey has dual U.S. and UK citizenship. She holds a BA in political science and economics from Washington State Univeresity, a MSc in European Union government from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and earned her law degree from the University of London. She also holds a diploma from Harvard Law School’s CopyrightX course.
Kelsey lives in London with her husband and young son.
AI In The Audiovisual Sector: From Hollywood to Deepfakes
Publication for the European Audiovisual Observatory
Kelsey was commissioned by the European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) to author a chapter the legal implications of using AI-generated or enhanced actors in film and television productions. The European Audiovisual Observatory is part of the Council of Europe, and collects and analyses data about the audiovisual industry in Europe, such as cinema, television, radio, video, Video On Demand and Catch-up TV. READ MORE.
Practice note for LexisNexis
Kelsey was commissioned to write ethe official practice notes on deepfakes for LexisNexis PSL. READ MORE.
Forged Authenticity: Governing Deepfake Risks
Kelsey attended an experts’ workshop in September 2019, hosted by the International Risk Governance Center at thee École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Zurich, Switzerland. Together with other experts, she assessed the potential risks that deepfakes might pose: from personal abuse and reputational damage to the fabrication of evidence and the manipulation of public opinion.
MP3s Crossing a Borderless Europe
Kelsey’s masters thesis, MP3s Crossing a Borderless Europe: an examination of the intuitional environment shaping EU online music regulations examined the legal issues facing streaming platforms such as Spotify and YouTube, and the scope for copyright law reform in light of advancements in digital services.
Kelsey is always available to discuss opportunities for collaborations, speaking engagements, and other projects. She can be contacted through her law firm, DAC Beachcroft.