I was wondering: How do comics handle plagiarism? I'm not knowledgeable about comedy, but I imagine that a lot of folks must steal each other's material or at least happen to come up with the same bits. So can you copyright your set?
I ask because with just 10 comics in the house we've seen a lot of allegations of theft already. I want to know if you could sue successfully for plagiarism. Also if it turns out that you were falsely accused, could you sue successfully for defamation?
I realize that this is unfair but when I hear the same bit from 2 different comics, I always assume the one I happened to hear first is the original and the second is the plagiarist.