May 15, 2016


Radiohead Faces Accusations of Copyright Infringement for 'Burn The Witch' Video

Radiohead on YouTube
Radiohead on YouTube

Right as the immediate response to Radiohead's "Burn The Witch" video was being aired by critics and fans, many people noted the animation looked eerily similar to Trumpton, a British TV show from the 1960s. Not even two weeks have passed since "Burn The Witch" hit the internet, but already Radiohead has earned a potential copyright lawsuit for allegedly "tarnishing" the Trumpton brand, according to the Daily Mail

William Mollet, son-in-law of 95-year-old Trumpton creator Gary Murray, told the Mail on Saturday (May 15), that Radiohead's video was a gratuitous rip-off and that Murray would have been "appalled" to watch. Radiohead, apparently, did not seek Murray's consent for the "Burn The Witch" video. 

“Radiohead should have sought our consent as we consider this a tarnishing of the brand...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.”

Consequence of Sound notes that Radiohead's video offered a sharp divergence from Trumpton's playful stop-motion animation, and sought to capitalize on issues of Islamophobia that often pepper headlines in the United States and Europe. The band's most recent album, A Moon Shaped Pool, released online earlier this month after a bizarre marketing campaign warned fans that a new release was imminent. 

The video has earned over 13 million views on Youtube since its release on May 3. Watch it below.