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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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Conan O'Brien Insists He Couldn't Have Stolen Jokes From Blogger Despite Lawsuit — See His Reasoning HERE!

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We believe you, Coco!

Back in July, Robert Alexander Kaseberg filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in California against Conan O'Brien, TBS, Conan Executive Producer Jeff Ross, and head writer Mike Sweeney, claiming that four jokes from his blog and Twitter account were used on Conan.

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One of the jokes in question poked fun at Delta Airlines saying:

"A Delta flight this week took off from Cleveland to New York with just two passengers. And they fought over control of the armrest the entire flight."

The lawsuit claims that the same joke appeared on Conan that same evening!

Despite having previously released an official statement through his production company Conaco — Conan is now speaking out about the lawsuit personally.

The late night host has come forward and said

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