The family of George Carlin is taking legal action against the media company responsible for a fraudulent one-hour comedy special that claims to use artificial intelligence to imitate the late comedian’s style and content.
A legal case was filed in Los Angeles federal court on Thursday, requesting that the podcast platform Dudesy remove the audio special “George Carlin: I’m Glad I’m Dead.” The special features a compilation of commentary from the late comedian, who passed away in 2008, on present-day issues.
Kelly Carlin, the daughter of Carlin, stated that the project is “an inadequately executed replica put together by dishonest persons in order to profit from the immense affection and admiration my father had built with his devoted followers.”
On January 10th, Kelly Carlin, daughter of the late comedian George Carlin, expressed on X (formerly known as Twitter) that her father dedicated his entire life to perfecting his craft using his unique human experiences, thoughts, and imagination. She also stated that artificial intelligence will never be able to replicate his genius and that attempts to do so are simply clever imitations. Kelly suggests that we focus on letting the artist’s original work speak for itself, rather than trying to replace it with technology. She proposes the idea of supporting living human comedians instead of trying to fill the void left by those who have passed. However, for those who still want to experience the real George Carlin, there are 14 of his comedy specials available for viewing.
This legal action marks one of the initial efforts to combat the growing trend of using celebrity images and likenesses without consent.
The topic of AI was a significant obstacle in resolving the Hollywood writers and actors strikes of last year.
According to Josh Schiller, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs, the focus of this case is not solely on AI but also on the individuals who employ AI to break the law, disregard intellectual property rights, and ignore basic moral standards.