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The Courts

Submission + - Man Sues Viacom for Sponge Bob Rights

mposth writes: "A Bay Area man is suing Viacom for $1.6 billion over rights to Sponge Bob Square Pants. Cartoonist Troy Walker claims he created Bob Spongee, an unemployed cartoon sponge, in 1991. Walker created a comic strip and sold 1,000 "Bob Spongie" dolls. Viacom's attorneys have said in court documents that "Sponge Bob" is different from "Bob Spongee." But Walker says: "It is more than ironic that two working class sponges are named Bob. Both characters are unemployed. Both characters live in a house concept.'' Walker filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against Nickelodeon, Viacom Inc., Paramount Studios and Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob. Just Tuesday, Viacom slammed Google's YouTube with a $1 billion copyright infringement suit. http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/l ocal/16872168.htm"

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