Joke Book Lawsuit
Judy Brown and publishers pay undisclosed settlement to comedians and talkshow celebrities for copyright infringement.
Joke BookLos Angeles, CA: (Jan-23-08) Talkshow celebrity Jay Leno brought charges against Judy Brown, a woman who published books of jokes by Jay Leno and other comedians without their permission, and her publishers, alleging copyright infringement. The suit was filed on behalf of NBC Studios, Leno, Rita Rudner, Jimmy Brogan, Diane Nichols, Sue Pascoe, Kathleen Madigan, and Bob Ettinger. Leno claimed that the suit sought to protect jokes, treating them as any other art form. Though a judge dismissed the 2006 suit on Jan. 17, 2008, details were kept confidential. Sources stated that the settlement calls for Brown and her publishers to pay damages, stop producing the joke books and make efforts to pull existing copies from bookstores. Both sides declined to offer details of the settlement agreement, but said that it ran into hundreds of thousands of dollars. [USA TODAY: JOKE BOOK INFRINGEMENT]
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