Copyright's Wrong Turn

Friday, April 09, 2010


Call it the Magna Carta of copyright – England's Statute of Anne was born 300 years ago this weekend and, for the first time in history, conferred upon authors certain rights to the work. Unfortunately, says Duke Law School professor James Boyle, modern copyright law has strayed far from Anne's original intent.

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Randy Farb from Flint, MI

I enjoyed listening to the comments about stand-up. I do wish though, that mention was made of Al Jolson's tricks. He would attend a show, steal a comedian's joke, and have it inserted into the script of a broadway show he was appearing in. Jolson would then have his lawyer send a note to the comic to cease and desist from stealing a joke from a legit show.
There also was a famous incident in the late 1950s. Jackie Mason opened for Phil Foster at a Catskills (sic) hotel. Jackie did half of Phil's act. Phil walked out, thanked the audience and said, "You've just heard my act, so ..good night."

Apr. 10 2010 10:33 AM

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