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Radiohead accused of copyright breach of 1960s kids show

Posted On: May. 17, 2016 12:00 AM CST

Radiohead accused of copyright breach of 1960s kids show

For the family of British television producer and puppeteer Gordon Murray, imitation isn't the highest form of flattery.

British rock band Radiohead is accused of copyright breach of 1960s stop-motion children's television series “Trumpton” in their new video for the song “Burn The Witch” a single off of their new album, “A Moon Shaped Pool,” which was released May 8.

After a five-year wait, Radiohead's anticipated new album was greeted with critical acclaim, but Mr. Murray's family is not pleased. They feel that the puppets in the band's video resemble characters from the series that originally aired on BBC. William Mollett, son-in-law of “Trumpton” creator Mr. Murray said, “It is not something we would have authorized. We consider that there is a breach of copyright and we are deciding what to do next,” the Daily Mail reports.

In an interview with Billboard, the video's animator Virpi Kettu cited Islamophobia, the refugee crisis in Europe and the 1973 horror film “The Wicker Man” as creative inspiration for the video.

Video director Chris Hopewell and Radiohead both declined to comment to the Daily Mail.