Joke’s On Whom?
So now Jay Leno alleges that printing his jokes in a book compilation amounts to copyright infringement. (No, that’s not the opening to a joke.) Forget the fundamental question of whether or not these (or any other) jokes have been fixed in a tangible medium of expression. That such a lawsuit is being heard at all in federal court merely points to how ludicrously unbalanced copyright law has become.
Leslie Simmons. Comedians Allege Joke Compilations Infringe. The Hollywood Reporter. Nov. 30, 2006.
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