Episode 4: Copyrighting Jokes
This week, Online Editor Anthony Zangrillo and Staff Member David Bradley Isenberg discuss the copyrightability of jokes. As an introduction, the team works through the proper subject matter of copyright protected material, specifically focusing on the idea/expression distinction and the fixation requirement. The show then tackles interesting lawsuits that range from Conan O’Brien stealing Twitter jokes, the infamous Joan Rivers impersonators, Amy Schumer’s joke stealing accusations, and the theft of Twitter jokes in general. What are you thoughts on copyrighting jokes? Let us know in the comments.