Archive for Comedy

Whose Line Is It Anyway Part 2 – Sketch Comedy

The legal issues surrounding sketch comedy are similar to those I discussed in October about stand-up comedy. The premise behind a sketch is an idea, and that idea alone cannot be copyrighted. Much like stand-ups, sketch comedians take a lot of ownership of their sketches, and it’s not unusual to find stories every few years […]

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Whose Line Is It Anyway Part 1 – Stand-Up Comedy

Stand-up comedians take great pride in their jokes: often refining the jokes over months or years, constantly tweaking words and delivery to get the joke just perfect. When one comic allegedly steals a joke from another, it can be a big deal. There are strong social norms regarding joke theft that are enforced in and […]

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