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EntertainmentConan O'Brien settles joke-stealing lawsuit, blames 'tweet-saming' in defending his writers

18:01  10 may  2019
18:01  10 may  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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Conan O ’ Brien ’s team decided to settle a 2015 joke - stealing lawsuit this week. But in a lengthy yet witty op-ed published Thursday But in a lengthy yet witty op-ed published Thursday, O ’ Brien defended his writers ’ innocence by explaining the honor code of comedy writers – next to murder

EntertainmentConan O ' Brien settles joke - stealing lawsuit , blames ' tweet - saming ' in defending his writers . 18:01 10 may 2019. Conan O ’ Brien ’s team decided to settle a 2015 joke - stealing lawsuit this week. But in a lengthy yet witty op-ed published Thursday, O ’ Brien defended his writers ’

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Conan O’Brien’s team decided to settle a 2015 joke-stealing lawsuit this week. But in a lengthy yet witty op-ed published Thursday, O’Brien defended his writers’ innocence by explaining the honor code of comedy writers – next to murder there’s nothing more despicable than joke theft.

“I have devoted 34 years in show business striving for originality,” he wrote in Variety. “Had I, for one second, thought that any of my writers took material from someone else I would have fired that writer immediately, personally apologized, and made financial reparations. But, I knew that we were in the right.”

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Conan O ' Brien is both poignant and hilarious explaining why he settled an alleged joke - stealing lawsuit before it went to trial. Kaseberg had asserted in the 2015 federal lawsuit that writers had seen his online postings and used material about Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady and the Washington

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The case against O’Brien, TBS and his production company Conaco was brought by a San Diego-based blogger/Twitterer, Alex Kaseberg, who said O’Brien’s TBS show stole five jokes from his Twitter account and blog.

If his show was guilty of anything, O’Brien seemed to imply in the essay, it would be not always being original. In the art of topical joke writing, comedy writers often think up the same punchlines – and this, O’Brien explained, is what happened with regard to Kaseberg. He also wrote that in the age of social media – “and seemingly 60% of [Twitter users are] budding comedy writers” –dozens of people often simultaneously write the same joke. It’s apparently called “tweet-saming.”

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Conan O ’ Brien backstage at his talk show in January.CreditCreditJake Michaels for The New York Times. A judge ruled that three of the jokes could reasonably have been plagiarized by O ’ Brien or one of his writers — the first of multiple judgments that brought the case ever closer to trial.

Conan O ' Brien says he has settled with a San Diego man who accused the late night host of stealing jokes . Robert Alexander Kaseberg sued O ' Brien and his writing staff in 2015, alleging that they stole five jokes from Kaseberg's blog and Twitter account. The Associated Press reports that attorneys for

He added that his team and Kaseberg decided to settle the suit “amicably” and that he wanted to avoid a potentially expensive and “farcical” jury trial.

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“‘No legacy is so rich as honesty,’” O’Brien quoted at the end of his essay. “Of course, William Shakespeare is now claiming he tweeted that in 1603.”

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