Can you copyright a joke?

On behalf of The Myers Law Group posted in Copyright on Friday, June 16, 2017. Are jokes intellectual property? Can you protect them from being used without your permission? This is a topic of intense interest to joke writers and stand-up comedians -- as well as authors of other types of entertainment fodder. The issue is making its way to the forefront because of a lawsuit regarding late-night monologues that is heading into court later this summer. Copyrightable or non-copyrightable? If you tell a joke you heard a colleague tell at the water cooler, that is clearly a non-copyrightable situation. But it's very different when comedy [...]

2018-09-19T08:06:45+00:00June 16th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

Who Owns ‘Who’s On First?’

On behalf of The Myers Law Group posted in Intellectual Property on Friday, June 9, 2017. Copyrights created in times past are sometimes challenged using today's laws. This year, the rights to a classic piece of vaudeville will take center stage before the U.S. Supreme Court. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's "Who's On First" skit was first performed on radio in 1938. The routine's true origins are a bit fuzzy as they are based on an old verbal misunderstandings style that dates back to the early 1900s. If you are not familiar with the verbal barrage between a baseball manager and a new player who wants [...]

2018-09-19T08:24:13+00:00June 9th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |