It's NOT cushty! Del Boy Dining Experience is being sued for copyright infringement on the estate of the late creator of Only Fools and Horses
- Emmersive dining experience creators could face a fine of up to £ 50,000
- Fans of the 1980s sitcom Only Fools and Horses could eat at Nag & # 39; s Head Pub
- Actors who play the famous characters play scenes in front of the audience
- The show's creator John Sullivan died in 2011, but his estate has sued the company
A Del Boy dining experience was sued for copyright infringement by the estate of John Sullivan, the late creator of Only Fools and Horses.
"The Immersive Dining Experience" could face a fine of up to £ 50,000 in intellectual property court after Shazam Productions – the estate of Mr Sullivan – was sued for copyright infringement earlier this year.
Fans of the 1980s sitcom can pay to dine at a model of Nag & # 39; s Head while watching actors play the show's famous characters, The Times reported.
A fine of up to £ 50,000 could be fined in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court for the "Immersive Dining Experience". Pictured David Jason as Derek & # 39; Del Boy & # 39; Trotter and Nicholas Lyndhurst as Rodney Trotter
The Del Boy character offers a theatrical dining experience. Shazam has been sued for copyright infringement and redistribution – meaning the show's audience could believe the production had the full support of the estate
But the future of production, by the English troupe Dining Experience and Astralian Company Imagination Workshop, is now in jeopardy.
Shazam has been sued for copyright infringement and redistribution – meaning the show's audience could believe the production had the full support of the estate.
Attorneys told a High Court judge that the estate owns the copyright to every script as well as the characters of Del Boy, Rodney, Marlene, Cassandra, Uncle Albert, Boycie, Trigger and Detective Inspector Roy Slater.
David Jason as Del Boy during the episode "Healthy Contest" outside of Randalls. Fans of the 1980s sitcom can pay to dine at a model of Nag & # 39; s Head while watching the actors play the famous characters on the series
They also sued the use of the texts on the sitcom's opening theme.
Dining Experience lawyers argued there was a defense for parody in copyright law, adding that the production was mocking the comedy.
A description of the show revealed that it was "a fully immersive experience that takes the audience to Nag & # 39; s Head to meet Peckham's pride in a night of filming, trading and eating".
The case is expected to be heard in the second half of next year.