SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS SUES SPANISH TOWN
From the depths of his pineapple home, under the sea, Spongebob Squarepants has apparently consulted hi legal team, who in turn have issued a burofax on behalf of Bob´s representatives, for the illegal use of the image of the popular cartoon character in advertising for an event in Torrevieja, on the Costa Blanca, in Spain.
In the real world, Torrevieja town hall has received notice of infringement of intellectual property, as the distributors and trademark holders of the image of Spongebob Squarepants, Viacom International Inc, has enlisted the assistance of the Spanish copyright office to take action against the town hall.
It is believed that an image of Spongebob Squarepats was used on advertising the “Open Saturday” campaign, aimed at encouraging shoppers back to the city centre, after businesses have been suffering over recent years.
Failure to do so may well result in further action and a compensation claim on behalf of Bob and Patrick, his closest friend, which would be of considerable embarrassment to the town hall, and of course cost the resident tax payers in any fines which the town council may face.
The images of the cartoon characters, and many more besides, are also present in the fair ground in the city, and Spongebob himself has also appeared in Torrevieja, both as part of an official tour, as well as forming elements of groups of entertainers who were used in similar events. Spongebob has even made an appearance at a political rally in the city, although doubt is now being given as to whether that was the real Spongebob Squarepants, or nothing more than a tribute act.
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