Ripping-off jokes on Twitter is as easy as copy and pasting other people?s content, a deed which may give you more fame than the people you stole the joke from, well if you?re a famous person at least. Being famous however also means more people have their eyes on you which means you can easily be spotted plagiarizing content.
Comedian from the Late Night show Conan O?Brien just received a $600,000 lawsuit after he belched plagiarized Twitter jokes on his show on the same day the Tweets were allegedly upped. Last year, Conan reportedly plagiarized a total of 4 Tweets.
?Washington Monument is ten inches shorter than previously thought. You know the winter has been rough when a monument suffers from shrinkage,? was one of the many plagiarized Tweets by Conan from Alex Kaseberg, DailyMail repoted.
Alex Kaseberg claims that he wrote monologue jokes for Jay Leno and Late Night, Toronto Sun reported.
Here is Conan?s almost verbatim rendition of the joke: ?Surveryors announced that the Washington Monument is 10 inches shorter than what?s been recorded. Of course, the monument is blaming the shrinkage on the cold weather.?
Here is Kaseberg?s Tweet which he claims to have posted on January 2014, 2015: ?Delta flight from Cleveland to New York had just two passengers. And there still wasn?t enough rooms for their luggage in the overhead bins.?
Here is Conan?s version: ?On Monday, a Delta flight from Cleveland to New York took off with just 2 passengers. Yet somehow, they spent the whole flight fighting over the armrest.?
The Conan O’Brien Twitter lawsuit is a fair reminder to everyone that not everything you see on the internet can be freely used.
Twitter Acts on Plagiarism
If you are one of the violators of plagiarizing Tweets, you may be out of luck.
Twitter has been removing plagiarized Tweets that have copyrighted content, a report said. Plagiarism guilty tweets have beeen replaced with a messaging saying the message has been withheld ?in response to a report from the copyright holder?.
A wide surge of removed Tweets have surfaced online after they copied Twitter user Olga Lexell?s tweet: ?Saw someone spill their high end juice cleanse all over the sidewalk and now I know god is on my side?.
Thousands of Twitter users wanted to see if their Tweets will also be removed as you can see here.
Lexell contacted Twitter to remove her copied Tweets, explaining that her content was her intellectual property because she was using them to test her jokes for her work as a freelance writer.