Kelsey Farish

Solicitor, DAC Beachcroft
Kelsey is a commercial lawyer specialising in media and technology at DAC Beachcroft in London, where she supports clients ranging from multinational corporations to entrepreneurs and artists. Her particular interests include digital media, publicity and brand management, ecommerce, and internet culture.

In addition to her business advisory and transactional work, Kelsey is noted for her expertise in image rights (also known as personality rights or publicity rights) and synthetic media such as deepfakes. Her work on these subjects has been published across the legal press to include LexisNexis, JURIST, and the peer-reviewed Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. She contributes to the European Audiovisual Observatory and Fashion Law London, and is a member of Women In Film & Television (UK).

Originally from the United States, Kelsey enjoys advising American clients on their UK operations, and likewise often approaches her legal scholarship from a comparative law perspective. In addition to her law degree, she holds a MSc in European Union policy from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and a BA in politics and economics from Washington State University. 
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Deepfakes
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides a summary of UK law as it applies to the use of deepfakes. A deepfake is a form of synthetic media in which existing media such as a video clip and a series of photographs are combined together using artificial intelligence to create a realistic but fake video. The Practice Note covers: what a deepfake is, how deepfakes work, harmful uses and applications of deepfakes, such as for entertainment, parody and political satire and healthcare. It also looks at the application of UK law to deepfakes, what social media platforms and search engines are doing to counter the issues created by deepfakes and future technological controls including problem areas concerning technological and legislative or common law controls.

Practice areas

Qualifications

  • LPC (2016)
  • MSc (2012)
  • BA (2010)

Membership

  • Women in Film & TV (UK)
  • Society of Computers & Law
  • IPSoc

Panel

  • Contributing Author

Education

  • City Law School, University of London (2016)
  • London School of Economics (2012)
  • Washington State University (2010)

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