A comic character suing a politician for looking too similar. That’s how crazy IP gets sometimes! So, what happened?
Children’s comic Beano has accused Jacob Rees-Mogg, a British politician and Member of Parliament, “masquerading” as their character Walter Brown, a.k.a. “Walter the Softy”.
It’s clear as day: the politician has copied Walter’s “snootiness”, his “hair parting” and his efforts to stop others having fun, according to Beano Studios; this is copyright infringement. Moreover, Rees-Mogg has ripped-off Walter’s round glasses, spotty ties and enjoyment of classical music.
“It is evident that there are numerous instances whereby you have adopted trademarked imagery and brand essences of the character to the benefit of enhancing your career and popularity.”, head of Beano Studios Mike Stirling continues.
Rees-Mogg took it lightly, stating: “I am flattered to be accused by the Beano’s legal eagles of imitating Walter the Softy whose powerful physical prowess is so much greater than my own.”
Beano, which celebrates its 80th birthday this year, is the longest running British children’s comic and old copies can sell for thousands.