Re: Floating humor...
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on April 03, 1999 at 08:30:42:
In Reply to: Floating humor... posted by Stobes on April 02, 1999 at 19:06:52:
: Does anyone know if miscellaneous jokes that everyone
: picks up around the office or in their email is
: protected by any sort of copyright? In other words,
: is it illegal to publish jokes you didn't write, but
: that have no definite author?
The copyright only protects the mode of expression not the idea. There may be a technical question of copyright infringement in just republishing. I have never researched the point but do not believe that there has been any litigation on repeating a joke pe se.
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