A leading London law firm is travelling to the city to advise up-and-coming talents on guarding against plagiarism.
It will be sending intellectual law specialists to the venue to give the free advice and will also be advising comedians on what to look for in their first contract offer and how to pitch ideas to people without them being stolen.
He said: "People come to Scotland and steal jokes from comedians here. I hope this will make people recognise it's going on and make it stop."
Although no precedent of a court case is known of, Ms Harris says that asserting their copyright on a script can allow the writer a strong position to write to a comedian and tell them to stop using the joke or face prosecution under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.
She added: "In my experience, as soon as you start exerting your legal right people will back off. And no professional wants to be known as someone who plagiarises."
But Tommy Sheppard, director of The Stand, is not sure the classes will be of any real benefit. He said: "It seems like a daft concept - the days of 'an Irishman, a Scotsman and an Englishman' jokes are long gone.
"It's all about the story nowadays and comedians tend to weave a story around the audience, not stand up and tell joke after joke.
"You can't copyright that kind of story. And when you perform it you need to accept that it becomes common property anyway - you can't set ownership of it."
THE comedy fraternity is not all a barrel of laughs if these joke-theft claims are anything to go by:
• Edinburgh comedian Mac Star demanded an apology and payment of around £1500 for a joke he claimed Dara O'Briain used on Have I Got News For You, whose production manager insisted they didn't steal the joke.
The joke went: "Wouldn't Hitler have been crap at the game paper, rock and scissors?" (He then mimes the game before breaking into Hitler's salute, which is like the symbol for paper.)
"Winston Churchill should have challenged him to a game." (He then holds his arm in the air mimicking Churchill's V-sign victory salute, which looks like scissors, which beats paper.)
• Jim Davidson also denied stealing fellow comedian Jimmy Carr's joke and refused to give an apology. Carr then consulted lawyers about further action.
• Entertainer Bob Monkhouse was the victim of a different kind of joke theft when his book of jokes was stolen. A BBC executive was arrested in connection with the theft, in 1996, and a man who eventually returned them got a reward of £10,000 from Monkhouse.