World Book Day was a write-off in Manchester this morning after court summons were issued to parents regarding copyright infringements of costumes worn by their children. Lawyers, reportedly representing the cream of Children’s writing talent, descended on the school gates of Wilmslow primary school St Titswhistle, handing over prosecution paperwork to unsuspecting parents.
The school had been advertising on their website about the day’s activities, encouraging pupils to dress as their favourite book characters. Head teacher Miriam Trent-Felch said: “It’s disgusting that children cannot dress up as their literary heroes for one-day. All our parents will now face court appearances and hefty fines.”
One parent, Grant Slackring, told us: “As soon as children were being dropped off, the lawyers appeared. They approached anyone dressed as a certain character of an author they were representing. They were like a flock of seagulls…not the band.”
As news spread to other schools around the city, panicked parents, rushing with school uniforms to hastily change their children, caused tailbacks and severe delays.
[she] penned the much-loved Children’s classic Cold Turkey about drug addicted poultry
“We have a duty to our clients,” said Snap Gascoinge of Manchester solicitors Beanflick & Sons. “They are concerned that many children will be dressed and acting like creations these authors actually own.”
One such author is Dolly Wankcrank, who penned the much-loved children’s classic Cold Turkey about drug addicted poultry. “Every year I see these kids dressed up as Cold Turkey or Smack Hen and I don’t see a penny from it. I, along with other authors, have had enough.”
Gascoinge added: “Permission to use the character’s likeness had not been sought by either the school or the parents. If every child went around dressed as characters not just from books, but films as well. Where would we be then?”
In other World Book Day madness; police were forced to taser a ten-year-old boy in Ashton-Under-Lyne who’d dressed as Pennywise the clown from the horror novel IT by Stephen King. Eyewitnesses said the boy was attempting to lure fellow children into a sewer with a promise of balloons and then kill them.
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