Conan O'Brien Can't Dodge Copyright Suit On 'Stolen' Jokes

Law360, New York (May 15, 2017, 4:25 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge refused Friday to toss a copyright lawsuit that accuses late night TV host Conan O’Brien of stealing jokes about Caitlin Jenner and Tom Brady, sending the case toward trial.

Although she found the jokes at issue were entitled only to “thin protection,” U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino refused to grant the host and his writers summary judgment on accusations that they stole bits posted online by Robert Alexander Kaseberg, a veteran comedy writer whose material has appeared in The New York Times and the Washington Post.

Conan’s jokes were slightly different from Kaseberg’s.  An off-color joke about...

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