Carlin Estate sues AI creators: Unleashing Click-Bait Comedy of Machines

January 26, 2024
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The estate of comedian George Carlin has filed a lawsuit against Dudesy, the company behind the AI-generated comedy special “George Carlin: I’m Glad I’m Dead.” The lawsuit claims that the special is “computer-generated click-bait” and is an unauthorized use of Carlin’s copyrighted works. The suit seeks immediate removal of the special and unspecified damages. The lawsuit highlights concerns about the misuse of AI technology and its potential to exploit the existing work of creators.

The lawsuit was filed in California federal court and names Dudesy hosts Will Sasso and Chad Kultgen as defendants. The special features an AI-generated version of Carlin’s voice and claims to represent his views on current events. Carlin’s daughter, Kelly Carlin, has also spoken out against the special, stating that the AI version of her father is a “poorly-executed facsimile” created to capitalize on his fanbase.

The lawsuit argues that the unauthorized use of Carlin’s works constitutes copyright infringement and a violation of Carlin’s right of publicity. The estate’s attorney suggests that AI technology requires control and restraint to prevent misuse and exploitation of existing creative works. The plaintiff is seeking a court order to remove the special and unspecified damages.

Overall, the lawsuit against Dudesy highlights concerns about the potential misuse of AI technology and its impact on creative expression and existing works. It also raises questions about the boundaries of intellectual property rights in the digital age.

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