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Comedian George Carlin speaks after being presented the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 at the 15th annual American Comedy Awards in Los Angeles.

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Will comedy deepfakes generate laughs or lawsuits?

Comedian George Carlin died in 2008, but he’s back for an hour-long special, “George Carlin: I’m Glad I’m Dead,” which recently dropped on YouTube. It was the work of a comedy duo employing deepfake technology to bring Carlin’s work back to life.

The artist’s daughter, Kelly Carlin, who manages her late father’s estate and did not grant permission for the fake Carlin special, responded angrily on X: “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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