George Carlin 'AI' Standup Creators Now Say A Human Wrote the Jokes


property of George Carlin has filed a federal lawsuit against comedy podcast Dudesci over a one-hour comedy special sold as an AI-generated image of the late comedian. But a representative for one of the podcast hosts behind the special has now admitted that it was actually written by a human.

In a lawsuit filed by Carlin manager Jerrold Hamza in California district court, the Carlin estate pointed out that the special, “George Carlin: I'm Glad I'm Dead,” (which was set to “private” on YouTube shortly after the lawsuit was filed) After) presents itself as being created by an AI trained on Carlin's decades of content. According to the lawsuit, that training, by definition, included making “unauthorized copies of Carlin's original, copyrighted routines” without permission “in order to craft a semblance of Carlin's voice and prepare Carlin stand-up comedy routines.” will be.

“Defendants' AI-generated 'George Carlin Special' is not a creative work,” the lawsuit reads in part. “This is a piece of computer-generated click-bait that diminishes the value of Carlin's comic works and damages his reputation. It is casual theft of the work of a great American artist.”

The Dudesie special is presented as an “impression” of Carlin, generated by an AI listening to Carlin's existing material “exactly the way a human impressionist would.” But the lawsuit takes direct issue with this analogy, arguing that the AI ​​model is just the output generated by a “technical process that is an unlawful appropriation of Carlin's identity, which also harms the value of Carlin's actual work and his legacy.” Delivers.”

The use of copyrighted material in AI training models is one of the most controversial and fluid areas of law in the AI ​​field at the moment. The same month, media organizations testified before Congress to argue against AI manufacturers' claims that training on news content was legal under the “fair use” exemption.

“This is a fictional podcast character”

Despite presentation as an AI creation, there was considerable evidence that the Dudesci podcast and special were not actually written by an AI, as Ars detailed this week. And in the wake of the lawsuit, a representative for Dudes host Will Sasso admitted as much to The New York Times.

“This is a fictional podcast character created by two humans, Will Sasso and Chad Kultgen,” spokeswoman Danielle Dale told the newspaper. “The YouTube video 'I'm Glad I'm Dead' was written entirely by Chad Kultgen.”

Despite that admission, Carlin estate attorney Josh Schiller told the Times that the lawsuit will move forward. “We don't know if what they're saying is true,” he said. “We'll find out when he's fired. They will produce documents, and there will be evidence that shows, one way or another, how the show was made.

Name and Similarities

A human writing a stand-up special that was inspired solely by Carlin's work would likely not be subject to the same kinds of potential copyright claims because the creators of the AI ​​were explicitly trained on that work. But according to the lawsuit, even an entirely human-written special would be guilty of unauthorized use of Carlin's name and likeness for promotional purposes.

“Defendants always presented the Dudesci Special as an AI-generated George Carlin comedy special, where George Carlin was 'resurrected' with the use of modern technology,” the lawsuit argues. “In short, Defendants sought to take advantage of George Carlin's name, reputation, and likeness in the production, promotion, and distribution of the Dudesci Special and to generate images of Carlin, Carlin's voice, and Carlin's presence on a stage. Used designed images.”