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Conan O'Brien Might Be Heading To Trial Over Allegations Of Stealing Jokes From Twitter Comedy Writer!

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With all the witty observationalists on Twitter these days, there are only so many jokes about current events that don't end in the same punchline.

But when one late night show repeatedly tells jokes similar to those written by a single social media account — well, that's certainly no laughing matter!

That's the conundrum Conan O'Brien is facing after being accused of ripping off three jokes for the monologue of his TBS late night show from a Twitter humorist.

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A federal judge ruled on Friday that while jokes based on current events are entitled to "thin" copyright protection, a trial will test whether the writers of Conan lifted material from Alex Kaseberg's social media feed and blog.

Kaseberg takes credit for over a thousand jokes used by Jay Leno and has published material in The New York Times and The Washington Post. He asserts in California federal court that the copyrights on five of his jokes from December 2014 to June 2015 were infringed by Conan.

U.S. District Court judge Janis Sammartino rejected Kaseberg's claims on two jokes, but determined there were genuine disputes as to material facts on three jokes about Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady, and the Washington Monument.

The writers tried to argue that the jokes in question used facts, which are not protected by copyright, and commonly used expressions — though the judge conducted a much more detailed joke-theft analysis, telling the court:

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