Can you copyright jokes?

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  1. samtheman

    samtheman Well-Known Member

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    Say you think of a completely original joke. Can you copyright said joke?
     
  2. rattrap007

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    If you could Carlos Mencia would be out of business...
     
  3. Aernaroth

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    Even if you could, it would be a bitch to enforce that copyright.
     
  4. Seth Buzzard

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    I wish.
     
  5. grimlock1972

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    honestly not sure and as Aernaroth said you would have a hell of a time enforcing it
     
  6. samtheman

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    Well it would only matter if someone was using it for profit so I'd imagine it wouldn't be too hard.
     
  7. lars573

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    Which would be a crime. Every joke he steals he makes better.
     
  8. Belgrath

    Belgrath Boom! Nutshot!

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    Uh... no?
     
  9. Hobbes-timus Prime

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    You can profit by telling it onstage at a comedy club. You can't police every standup act in the nation.
     
  10. Ziero

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    So how can "Happy Birthday" be copyrighted?
     
  11. samtheman

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    Because the Beatles can/could do whatever they want.
     
  12. Turbocharger

    Turbocharger We should get more letter

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    I think legally, the second you create something original, you technically have a copyright on it. Don't quote me on that though.

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  13. thenatureboywoo

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    Consider that any band can do a song live and for a paying audience as long as it's not recorded.
     
  14. samtheman

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    And as long as you give the original band that wrote it credit.
     
  15. Eric

    Eric Per sempre marciamo.

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    Nope.
     
  16. lars573

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    Yep.
     
  17. Brawlastator

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    I don't see how changing the word "seepage" to "leakage" made Jeff Foxworthy's Side Effects joke any funnier.
     
  18. the_scientist

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    Many don't "see" how such a word improves the joke. This is mainly due to the fact that those that recognize its origin are covering their eyes with their facepalming.
     
  19. Brawlastator

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    You win.
     
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    [carlos] hey guys, im mexican and shit, im like a nonfunny george lopez, vagina vagina!! Har har [/carlos]
     

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