Patton Oswalt: Joke Theft Is No Laughing Matter (HBO)

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Conan O’Brien is embroiled in a $600,000 civil suit alleging that he or his writers stole jokes from a Twitter user named Robert Alex Kaseberg. But the case is far from clear: O’Brien’s team maintains they wrote the bits and that the plaintiff lacks evidence.

The case highlights how difficult it is to own a joke legally, and to prove it’s been stolen. Comedian Patton Oswalt is a witness in the case and can’t address it directly.

VICE News spoke with Oswalt about joke-stealing, and where the line is.

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