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

    Brawlastator it is our life - jon bovi

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    You win.
     
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