Late last year the Virginia Law Review published a provocative and entertaining article by Dotan Oliar and Christopher Sprigman on copyright law and the social norms of stand-up comics. There’s No Free Laugh (Anymore): The Emergence of Intellectual Property Norms and the Transformation of Stand-Up Comedy, 94 Va. L. Rev. 1787 (2008).
The law review’s online supplement, In Brief, has just published a series of responses to that article, by me, Katherine Strandburg, Jennifer Rothman, and Henry Smith. In alphabetical order:
Michael J. Madison, Of Coase and Comics, or, The Comedy of Copyright
Jennifer E. Rothman, Custom, Comedy, and the Value of Dissent
Katherine J. Strandburg, Who’s In the Club?: A Response to Oliar and Sprigman