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19/05/02 . by Lucinda Kemeny . The Sunday Times . UK
Artist takes £1m bite at McDonald's
A commercial artist who created the new look for Ronald McDonald and Ham Burglar is suing McDonald’s Restaurants in the High Court for more than £1m, alleging breach of copyright.
Donald Evans and his wife, Lynden, trading as Global Images, worked for McDonald’s from 1986 to 2000. They redesigned many of the company’s characters and created several new ones.
Evans claimed in a writ that McDonald’s reproduced or authorised the reproduction of some of the images without his permission, infringing his copyright. It is also alleged that the claimants received no payment for some of the use of those images and other designs.
The writ stated Evans was entitled to recover this money and should be paid an additional amount because McDonald’s deliberately allowed the infringement “with the intention of accruing a benefit to themselves”. As a result of the company’s activities, the writ said, Evans had to enter into an individual voluntary arrangement with his creditors.
Evans, represented by Allen & Overy, is hoping for a court date next year. McDonald’s said it would contest the claim.