Interestong article in the Daily Telegraph about comediens complaining of plagiarism:
|Under UK law, a joke spoken by a comedian during a live performance cannot be copyrighted unless it is recorded or has been written down beforehand. Copyright only covers the exact form of words used to express a joke rather than the general idea behind it. |
|Charlotte Harris, a partner at JMW Solicitors, who specialises in copyright, said: “"I would tell the comedians to write down their material, say what date they wrote it on and stick it on their computer so they had some evidence. |
“Then they have a script of some kind, and if there's a bit of ad-libbing then that's fine, because the test for copyright is if it's substantially the same."