Nick McDonald on the John Lewis Christmas advert controversy

27 November 2017

Author Christopher Riddell has claimed that this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert featuring Moz the monster is a plagiarised copy of his 1986 book, 'Mr Underbed'.

With a central principle of UK copyright law protecting the expression of ideas and not the ideas themselves, where such expressions have been copied from an earlier work, it must be shown that all or a substantial part has been taken.

In an article written for Retail Week publication, Nick McDonald discusses how it would be difficult for Riddell to establish that the expression with which his ideas are conveyed have been reproduced and therefore struggle for a claim to be upheld in court.

Nick's full article is published on Retail week’s website and can be viewed here. (links to external site, subscription required)

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