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The Independent reports today that a “new wave of young comics at this month’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe will do with a crash course in the law to stop them being ripped off.”

Seems plausible and laudable enough – given that original comedy takes a fair bit of work and why should comedians not enjoy legal protection?

The difficulty is – as the article points out – it is notoriously difficult to copyright a joke.

I quote from The Independent…“The most recent high-profile case of alleged joke plagiarism saw Jimmy Carr claiming that Jim Davidson had swiped a gag. Carr had his lawyers send a warning letter, but his actions brought some derision from others in the comedy world.”

The report continued…“Stewart Lee pointed out at the time that if Jim Davidson wants to use your jokes, it might be time to rethink your material” Now that is funny.

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