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Designer sounds off in row over Glastonbury stage

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The original designer of Glastonbury's Pyramid stage in 1971 has hit out at the festival's landowner and promoter, Michael Eavis, for an alleged breach of copyright in what he says is an echo of the Barfield Marks/BDP London Eye saga (AJ 4.5.00).

Bill Harkin claims that the designs for the Millennium stage used by bands last week were based on drawings he made three years ago, for which he was paid £2500 before the plans were copied on to engineer Terry Whybrow Associates and supplier Serious Structures.

Harkin claims that the built stage last week was 'substantially based on his drawings and model' - six truss columns supporting a truss grid, which in turn carries the apex with a relieved cantilever canopy. Harkin told the AJ he has complained to ACID (Anti Copying In Design) and is seeking an out of court payment of around £10,000.

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