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Louis CK bans attendees from sharing show material without “consent”

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Louis C.K.’s highly controversial attempts to return to stand-up comedy, a process he began less than one year after admitting to sexual misconduct, have been subject to plenty of criticism as audio, video and quotes from his sets were leaked to the public. In response, not only has Louis banned cell phones (via Yondr pouches) at his shows, but he’s gone one step further with a threatening copyright notice for attendees. Writer James Shotwell tweeted about the notice, sent to attendees in advance of a series of eight sold out shows (which are billed on the club’s ticketing site as “XXX Adults only), beginning Tuesday night (5/7), at Minneapolis, MN comedy club Acme Comedy Club. It reads:

Louis CK owns all rights in the content and materials, including any jokes and sketches (the “Materials), delivered during his performance. The Materials may not be copied, translated, transmitted, displayed, distributed, or reproduced verbatim (the “Use”), in whole or in part, in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, without the express prior written consent of Louis CK. Any Use of the Materials without the express prior written consent of Louis CK is strictly prohibited and shall be subject to all available legal remedies, whether in equity or at law at the cost of anyone who violates this prohibition.

Padma Lakshmi, who has been critical of Louis before, has the best response:

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