John Lewis pledges charity donation after 'ripping off version of song used in ...

John Lewis pledges charity donation after 'ripping off version of song used in ...
John Lewis pledges charity donation after 'ripping off version of song used in ...
John Lewis pledges substantial charity donation after 'ripping off folk duo’s version of song used in Christmas advert' John Lewis has pledged to make donations to Mind and Cruse Bereavement Care It was accused of ripping of folk duo The Portraits in this year's Christmas advert  The musicians claimed that the version of Electric Dreams was similar to theirs John Lewis denies plagiarism but agreed to make 'substantial' charity donations

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John Lewis has pledged to make a substantial donation to charity after being accused of ripping off a folk duo's version of the song used in its Christmas advert.

Bosses at the retailer agreed to donate an undisclosed sum after a plagiarism row threatened to undermine its festive ad campaign.

It comes after The Portraits, a husband-and-wife duo from Somerset, won support from a Pink Floyd lawyer.

Musicians Lorraine and Jeremy Millington claimed the version of the 1985 hit Together in Electric Dreams used in this year's John Lewis campaign - which tells the story of a boy who befriends an alien - is similar to the stripped-back arrangement they released last year for charity.

The couple said they emailed a John Lewis marketing manager in March suggesting the track could be used for its Christmas advert but did not hear back. 

They were then shocked to learn that a version of the song by 20-year-old musician Lola Young featured in the ad.

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