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Ferrari's German driver Michael Schumacher and his wife Corinna smile as they arrive in the northern Italian resort of Madonna Di Campiglio to take part to the 15th Marlboro press meeting January 11, 2005. - RTXN5Y8

Schumacher family awarded compensation for AI ‘interview’

Ferrari's German driver Michael Schumacher and his wife Corinna smile as they arrive in the northern Italian resort of Madonna Di Campiglio to take part to the 15th Marlboro press meeting January 11, 2005. - RTXN5Y8

Michael Schumacher’s family has secured €200,000 ($216,360) compensation from the publishers of a German magazine that printed an AI-generated ‘interview’ with the seven-times Formula 1 world champion.

A family spokeswoman on Wednesday confirmed a Munich Labour Court judgement and settlement by Funke media group, publishers of the magazine Die Aktuelle, without making any further comment.

The magazine’s editor was sacked last year, with Funke apologising to Schumacher’s family.

Ferrari great Schumacher, now 55, has not been seen in public since he suffered a serious brain injury in a skiing accident on a family holiday in the French Alps in December 2013.

Schumacher’s family maintains strict privacy about the former driver’s condition, with access limited to those closest to him.

Die Aktuelle ran a front cover in April 2023 with a picture of a smiling Schumacher and the headline promising ‘Michael Schumacher, the first interview’.

The strapline added: “it sounded deceptively real” but inside the ‘quotes’ were revealed to have been generated by artificial intelligence. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)