Joke Stealing Wars ‘08: Ralphie May vs. Ron White, a Punchline Magazine investigation

By | May 14, 2008 at 4:50 am | One comment | News | Tags:

As we were perusing some preview clips of Comedy Central’s new season of Live at Gotham, we noticed something a bit familiar in one of Ralphie May’s taglines; we thought that maybe it was enough for us to start a new joke stealing war! Yay!
First off, here’s our alleged victim: Ron White. The last […]

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  • laila55

    Jokes cannot be copyrighted because of the Merger Doctrine (a joke is a merger of an idea and an expression, and Copyright Law can’t give you a monopoly on ideas). That’s why comedians use Social Norms to protect their jokes: collective shaming on the culprit. Now the fun part: according to comedians, you can NEVER steal a joke. Really? Well, this is AGAINST Copyright Law, which allows for fair use. So, let the judge be the judge. The comedians’ ancient social norms are WRONG because they stifle fair creativity.

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