The Uncopyrightability of Jokes

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Allen Madison

University of South Dakota Law School

Date Written: February 1, 1997

Abstract

This paper explains two foundational copyright doctrines, the scenes a faire doctrine and the merger doctrine. It illustrates the limiting effect these doctrines have on copyright protection for jokes.

Keywords: Scenes a Faire, Merger, Copyright, Jokes

Suggested Citation

Madison, Allen, The Uncopyrightability of Jokes (February 1, 1997). San Diego Law Review, Vol. 35, pp. 111-134, 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1552307

Allen Madison (Contact Author)

University of South Dakota Law School ( email )

414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
United States

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