George Carlin, the comedian, passed away about 15 years ago. A YouTube channel used AI to write, create, and otherwise generate a one hour show based upon his works, and then present it. The estate of the late comedian is now launching a legal attack based on the lack of rights of the creator to use Carlin’s name and likeness to do this show. This is an ongoing saga that Hollywood was battling in the recent strikes, but has been struggling since a digital Fred Astaire danced with a vacuum cleaner, and a doctored Gene Kelly VW commercial had him performing dance moves more popular with modern rap fans. The upside is that each of these seems to be a cheap trick not worthy of attention after the initial novelty.
The suit was filed in response to a special, titled ‘George Carlin: I’m Glad I’m Dead,” that uses AI to mimic the comedian’s voice and style.