Pete : Quote (firedawgon929 @ Oct. 28 2003, 11:23am)Spike tv was tnn? *
Lawyers for television network TNN filed court papers Monday by Spike Jones Jr., son of the legendary music satirist, saying it is 'frightening' that filmmaker Spike Lee is trying to claim exclusive ownership of the name 'Spike.'
Lee won a court injunction June 13 that stopped Viacom, the nation's third-biggest media company, from changing TNN's name to Spike TV on June 16 as planned. Lee, who directed Malcolm X and Do the Right Thing, claimed the rebranding was an attempt to hijack his name and reputation.
Viacom said it wanted to change the cable network's name to Spike TV to try to attract more men to an audience that is already about two-thirds male. The company said Lee, whose given name is Shelton Jackson Lee, could not prove that its use of the name 'Spike' referred to him.
Jones said in court papers that he and his family own the rights to the name, likeness, recorded performances and television shows that belonged to his father, the 1940s and '50s bandleader.
The family has sold an option for film and television rights to Good Medicine Films for a biographical movie about his father, Jones said in court papers. He said the tentative title of the movie is Spike, and that he was concerned that the injunction against Viacom would hinder production.
'I do not believe that Spike Lee 'owns' or has any individual right to the use of the name 'Spike' or as an individual to prevent its use by others any more than I do,' Jones said.
An attorney for Lee did not immediately return a telephone message left at his office Monday evening.
No trial date has been set.
What a dumb ass. I hope he gets made a fool of.
Hey Spike, do the right thang and shut the Fu$k up