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Man Created SpongeBob First. Sues for $1.6billion
« on: March 10, 2007, 11:30:05 pm »
http://www.signonsandiego.com:80/news/state/20070310-1933-ca-brf-norcal-spongeboblawsuit.html

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SAN FRANCISCO - Troy Walker claims he created Bob Spongee, an unemployed cartoon sponge who lived with his family on Apple street, in 1991.

So in 2002 when Walker saw Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants," a wildly popular animated sponge who lives among friends and foes beneath the waves in a city called Bikini Bottom, he saw too many similarities.

The 40-year-old Walker has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against Nickelodeon, Viacom Inc., Paramount Studios and Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob. He has demanded $1.6 billion in damages, and alleged that the defendants used his idea without his permission.

"They took all of it," said Walker.

Walker claims to have made 1,000 Bob Spongee dolls, which he sold throughout Northern California. Walker believes the doll inspired the producers of the show to duplicate his character.

Hillenburg could not be reached for comment and a spokeswoman at Nickelodeon said in a letter that they believe Walker's claim is baseless. Viacom's attorneys have said in court documents that SpongeBob is different from Bob Spongee.

The suit alleges that Walker created "Bob Spongee, The Unemployed Sponge" during the recession of the early 1990s. He claims to have kept advertisements he ran in the Oakland Tribune for the doll.

Walker points to a SpongeBob SquarePants episode called, "Sponge for hire!" as proof that Nickelodeon stole the idea.

"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."
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Re: Man Created SpongeBob First. Sues for $1.6billion
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2007, 09:25:39 am »
he clam that his created hey hello Steve Hillage creted not you.

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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2007, 10:32:09 am »
Hahaha. Pwned.

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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2007, 04:47:04 pm »
Here's the site of the guy who owns "Bob Spongee": http://bobspongee.com/

He did create a sponge named Bob, but Steve Hillenburg didn't rip him off!!! Steve made "Spongebob Squarepants" around 1980 something.

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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2007, 05:13:03 pm »
he clam that his created hey hello Steve Hillage creted not you.
If you don't know the guys name, please just don't use it...

That's bull.

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Re: Man Created SpongeBob First. Sues for $1.6billion
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2007, 06:47:15 am »
he clam that his created hey hello Steve Hillage creted not you.

Amount of sense that makes - None.

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Re: Man Created SpongeBob First. Sues for $1.6billion
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2007, 01:19:09 pm »
lmao that's what i was thinking, but the end point is still valid :P

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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2007, 04:39:09 pm »
he clam that his created hey hello Steve Hillage creted not you.
Learn English. Go away until you do please.

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Re: Man Created SpongeBob First. Sues for $1.6billion
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2007, 04:57:08 pm »
Oh my goodness....

I would almost be ashamed to say I tried to sell such a pathetically made kitchen sponge "doll" for three dollars... Look at that thing... I wouldn't pay a dime for it at a garage sale...

Anyhow, I don't think his case'll stand too good in a court of law..

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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2007, 12:19:13 pm »
Spongebob has a job! That must of been the only episode he saw.  :rolleyes:
What people will do for money.
I agree with Bigger that toy is pathetic.

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Re: Man Created SpongeBob First. Sues for $1.6billion
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2007, 08:25:18 pm »
Wow. Hopefully he researched some basic history of Spongebob that you can find in any old Nick magazine, or he'll be dreadfully embarrassed in court.

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« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2007, 07:48:04 am »
Okay, I was gonna post this, but you beat me to it. Anyway, this guys just tryin to get money. Besides, on the 1st season special features, it says Steve created SB is 1989 for his marine biologist class, SB hosted a comic book he made for them, called "The Innertidal Zone". So SB was created a good 2 years before "bob spongee" was supposedly created.

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« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2007, 07:25:44 pm »
So.... Has anything really happened with this?

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« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2007, 05:57:35 am »
Considering these claims were ridiculous, it's likely the entire thing was scrapped. Although that's a guess.

I just saw this, and forgive me for being late, but "both characters live in a house concept".
I'm almost at a loss for words. Wait, I am.

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Re: Man Created SpongeBob First. Sues for $1.6billion
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2008, 01:02:22 pm »
i know this happened a while ago, but this guy is a f**kin idiot. What a moron. Anyone know what happend???? :unsure: