After releasing their new album to high praise from fans and critical acclaim, Radiohead now seem to be on the wrong end of copyright laws. Their debut music video for 'Burn The Witch' featured stop-motion animation that is very similar to that of an iconic animator from the 1960's and legal action could soon follow.
Gordon Morray animated a BBC series called Trumpton in the 1960's which featured stop-motion characters designed like the ones featured in Radiohead's video. Although the Radiohead video animator, Verpi Kettu, told Billboard he took inspiration from hot topics facing our society, like the recent refugee crisis and Islamophobia, it looks like he may have also been inspired by Trumpton.
Murray's son-in-law William Mollett is not flattered with the Radiohead video. In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, he said, "Radiohead should have sought our consent as we consider this a tarnishing of the brand. It is not something we would have authorized." He went on to say that he dare not show 'Burn The Witch' to Gordon as "he would be appalled."
Radiohead have declined to comment on the situation, as reported by the Daily Mail. On the other hand, Mollett is looking to possibly issue a lawsuit, as he said, "We consider that there is a breach of copyright and we are deciding what to do next."