George Carlin’s estate files lawsuit against Dudesy

Dudesy is under fire from George Carlin's estate as the creators of the AI-generated stand-up comedy special “George Carlin: I’m Glad I’m Dead” are served with a lawsuit.

Will Sasso, Chad Kultgen of Dudesy, and the team behind the show are being sued for copyright infringement, violation and deprivation of publicity, and damages as first spotted by Variety.

The AI-generated show featured an imitation of Carlin’s voice and comedy style supposedly created by a chatbot trained on Carlin’s unique material.

The complainant is seeking the removal of the special and an unknown amount of damages.

Neither Will Sasso, Chad Kultgen, nor the Dudesy team were given permission to use the comedian’s “likeness for the AI-generated George Carlin Special, nor did they have a license to use any of the late comedian’s copyrighted materials,” the lawsuit reads.

The Dudesy special is regarded in the suit as “casual theft” and “not a creative work.”

“It is a piece of computer-generated click-bait that detracts from the value of Carlin’s comedic works and harms his reputation,” the lawsuit reads.

In early January, when the special first became public, Kelly Carlin, Carlin’s daughter, spoke out against the entertainment AI company on X regarding the hour-long comedy AI show.

“My dad spent a lifetime perfecting his craft from his very human life, brain, and imagination. No machine will ever replace his genius.”

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