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The Spot: Holdouts + Joke-Stealers

Sep 25, 2014

  

99% Invisible: “Holdout”  Around 2005, a Seattle neighborhood called Ballard started to see unprecedented growth.  Developers offered a woman named Edith Macefield $750,000 for her small house.  Macefield turned down the money, and developers went ahead and enveloped her house on three sides with a shopping mall.

Life of the Law: “Who owns that joke?”  Comedian Carlos Mencia is notorious for stealing other comics’ jokes.  But he’s never been sued – in fact, there are almost no lawsuits in comedy.  So what does the law meant to comics, and what do they do when it can’t help them?