Why do only fools and horses write original material? UK court finds copyright infringement of ‘Del Boy’ character

Author: Sean Ibbetson (Bristows LLP) and Maria Ryan (Bristows LLP)
Published: 11.07.2022
Photo by PJ Gal-Szabo on Unsplash Introduction The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC), part of the English High Court, has ruled that copyright subsists in the character of Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter and that a character can be protected as a literary work under the UK’s closed list of copyright works ([2022] EWHC 1379 IPEC). That copyright was found to have been infringed by the creators of an ‘interactive dining experience’ which used Del Boy and the other main characters from ‘Only Fools and Horses’, one of the most successful British TV comedies of the 1980s and 1990s. The case is the first…