Tom Brady Threatens to Sue Comedians for AI Version of the GOAT

Deceptively real deepfakes put AI in the spotlight for the wrong reasons

Ben Wodecki, Junior Editor - AI Business

April 26, 2023

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At a Glance

  • Podcast hosts forced to take down AI comedy special featuring NFL quarterback Tom Brady’s voice.
  • German magazine editor-in-chief sacked over ‘tasteless’ AI 'interview' with Formula One’s Michael Schumacher.

Disney’s cloning of Darth Vader’s voice gave an early glimpse into how AI is revolutionizing multimedia content − by resurrecting voices long-gone but still beloved by fans.

But it is not always a good thing. In the past week alone, two separate instances of AI-generated replications of celebrities led to potential legal ramifications.

Two comedians on the "Dudesy" podcast are facing a lawsuit from football legend Tom Brady for creating and using an AI version of him telling jokes on a recent episode.

In a similar incident, Formula One great Michael Schumacher, who suffered a brain injury following a skiing accident in 2013, had an AI-generated "interview" published in German celebrity magazine Die Aktuell. His family has threatened to sue.

Tom Brady Not Amused by AI Comedy Special

Tom Brady, one of the most successful NFL quarterbacks of all time, is threatening to sue a pair of comedians who created an AI version of him.

Will Sasso and Chad Kultgen, hosts of the Dudesy podcast, recently posted an episode in which the pair created a comedy special that used the voice of Brady.

The pair took published interviews of Brady and general stand-up comedy footage to create a "special" where "Brady" joked about his recent divorce as well as the infamous Deflategate saga.

The pair were subsequently hit with a cease and desist order, with Brady's legal team forcing the fake hour-long comedy special to be taken down.

The comedians were not too happy, arguing what they did was similar to how celebrities are parodied on shows like Saturday Night Live.

The Dudesy show stylizes itself as an AI show. The hosts say the podcast is run by an AI program, Dudesy AI, that accesses their emails, text messages, social media accounts, purchases and browsing histories to continually fit the show to their personalities.

‘Deceptively Real’ Schumacher Interview

Following an accident while skiing a decade ago, Schumacher has reportedly struggled with speech and paralysis. His family has since opted for privacy − with the driver not seen in public since.

However, Die Aktuell claimed to have published the first interview with Schumacher since his accident. The article contained quotes about his family and health, although all responses were generated by AI. The strapline for the piece read: “It sounded deceptively real.”

About the Author(s)

Ben Wodecki

Junior Editor - AI Business

Ben Wodecki is the junior editor of AI Business, covering a wide range of AI content. Ben joined the team in March 2021 as assistant editor and was promoted to junior editor. He has written for The New Statesman, Intellectual Property Magazine, and The Telegraph India, among others.

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