Mar 12 - Nickelodeon Sued for $1.6 BILLION for Stealing SpongeBob Cartoon (pic)

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Did Nick Steal SpongeBob Idea?

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 11 years ago '06        #1
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Mar 12 - Nickelodeon Sued for $1.6 BILLION for Stealing SpongeBob Cartoon (pic)
 

 
Fairfield man claims rights to SpongeBob
Cartoon character a hit television show on Nickelodeon
By Bruce Gerstman, MEDIANEWS STAFF
Inside Bay Area
Article Last Updated:03/10/2007 08:37:29 AM PST
Cartoonist Troy Walker created a comic strip in 1991 about a sponge with a personality.

Bob Spongee had eyes, legs and arms. He lived on Apple Street with his wife, Linda, and their daughter, Bubbles.

Walker, of Fairfield, then produced 1,000 dolls: yellow sponges with a "drawn-on" face that he sold as collectibles in flea markets and through the mail.

In 2002, he learned about Nickelodeon's buck-toothed animated character, "SpongeBob SquarePants," who lives underwater in the fictitious city of Bikini Bottom.

"They took all of it," Walker said this week. "I sold the Bob Spongees all throughout Northern California. It obviously fell into the hands of one of the producers of the show. It's a clear pattern of duplication."

SpongeBob's image now decorates almost any object children use from lunch boxes and sippy-cups to pillow cases and window curtains.

The 40-year-old cartoonist has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against Nickelodeon, Viacom, Paramount Studios and Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants.

Walker has demanded $1.6 billion in damages, alleging that the defendants used his idea without his permission.

Hillenburg could not be reached for comment. Nickelodeon will not comment on pending litigation, a spokeswoman wrote in a statement.

"However we believe this is a baseless claim," the letter stated.

Walker originally filed his complaint in August acting as his own attorney. Now the San Francisco-based law firm Nevin & Absalom has taken his case. Walker's attorney Edward Nevin, was not available to comment.

Walker's complaint lays out Bob Spongee's evolution during the recession of the early 1990s. In Walker's original concept, he drew a nose and mouth on a kitchen sponge, attached plastic googly eyes and placed the effigy in a clear bag that included a small comic strip, "Sponge for hire! Meet Bob Spongee, The Unemployed Sponge."

He said he has kept copies of the advertisements he ran for the Bob Spongee doll in the Oakland Tribune.

He cites a 2004 episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, called, "Sponge for hire!" as a piece of "undeniable proof" that Nickelodeon ripped him off.

"It is more than ironic that two working class sponges are named Bob," Walker says in his complaint. "Both characters are unemployed. Both characters live in a house concept."

Walker said he tried to work out a settlement with Viacom's attorneys when he first learned about SpongeBob. But Viacom stopped corresponding with him, he said.

Viacom's attorneys have said in court documents that Sponge Bob is different than Bob Spongee.

"Defendants' work(s) are not substantially similar to any protectible elements of any of plaintiff's allegedly infringed works," attorneys wrote in response to Walker's complaint.
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88 comments for "Mar 12 - Nickelodeon Sued for $1.6 BILLION for Stealing SpongeBob Cartoon (pic)"

 11 years ago '04        #2
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lol i dont even know what to write..just looking at the pic had me cracking up
 03-12-2007, 03:51 PM         #3
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fu*k Nickelodeon
 11 years ago '05        #4
gordo 2 heat pts
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He Has No Chance In Winning This Case
 03-12-2007, 03:58 PM         #5
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lol, this is funny
 11 years ago '06        #6
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yea i guess i could see how they stole it but did he have copyrights and all that to the character? if not wouldnt it be up for grabs?

and i think 1.6 BILLION is too much..thats just bein greedy. if viacom didnt steal it his a.ss woulda been selling those dumbass sponges at flea markets the rest of his life like the cornball loser he is and i guess he knows that so hes trying to make all the money he lost by producin that dumbass product
 03-12-2007, 04:08 PM         #7
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thats just spongebobs brother who lives in the GHETTO
 03-12-2007, 04:16 PM         #8
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 ILLMATIC_RIDAH said:
thats just spongebobs brother who lives in the GHETTO
hahaha
 03-12-2007, 04:17 PM         #9
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This is stupid y not go for a million. Y get so damn greedy. Thats why they dont win in the first place.
 11 years ago '07        #10
wtr1906 45 heat pts45
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Why did he wait so long to file a suit? Man he will never win that much money!
 03-12-2007, 04:20 PM         #11
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lmao, dude was broke as hell trying to make a penny. who the hell would buy that? looks like some crackhead made it
 03-12-2007, 04:26 PM         #12
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bahahahahah @ that picture of the sponge

dude is actin like he invented the wheel, while all he did was draw on a sponge with a fat tip and make a hideous comic


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 11 years ago '06        #13
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dude doesn't have a case.same character different concept
 11 years ago '04        #14
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the funny thing is he said spongebob is unemployed thats not true he work for that crabby place with the lobster for his boss lol. Plus I don't 1.6 billion is to much if they actually stole it spongebob probally brings in hundreds of millions a year hes on everything for real. So if he aim high and they bring it low he can still get a couple of million but honestly he has no case lol, is just a sponge with marker on it lmao SHARPIE SPONGE.
 03-12-2007, 04:40 PM         #15
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Bob Spongee looks like some bullsh*t
 11 years ago '05        #16
PhI|0z0pH3r 72 heat pts72
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I hate idiots like this who always try their Get Rich Quick Schemes and fail.
 11 years ago '05        #17
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i think this dudes lyin lol spongebob has been out for like 6 years now and he just now suein em about it come on now if somebody stole somethin from me i aint go wait 6 years to sue em
 03-12-2007, 06:45 PM         #18
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I pooped 10 years ago, South Park stole the idea of Mr Hankey from me.
 03-12-2007, 06:45 PM         #19
jpass28 
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I want 3.8 trillion dollars by tommorow evening, thank you.
 11 years ago '05        #20
rshodunke 1 heat pts
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Talk about a hell of a makeover. In 92', he couldn't even afford pants, now 15 years later, pants and a bowtie. The American Dream is possible after all.
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