JibJab files suit against Toyota for using dead presidents

JibJab sues Toyota for using dead presidents. That's what I understand from reading the suit found at Courthousenews. The Toyota ads were created by Hoffman Lewis and ran this spring, while the rapping founding fathers were created by the brothers Even and Gregg Spriridellis way back in 2000. The complaint reads that the Toyota presidents sale graphic style is far too similar to JibJabs own logo - or "nearly identical". And the animation "incorporated elements identical and/or substantially indistinguishable from" Jibajabs animations "Presidents Rap" and Starring You Tap Dance, both of which are registered with the United States copyright office.

What does the court of public opinion think? Lets watch, shall we?

Here's JibJab's founding fathers;

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

Here's Toyotas ad:

And here's the tap dance. Boogie on!

Bush and Cheney Tap Dance by JibJab

Comments (3)

  • Tom Megginson's picture
    Tom Megginson (not verified)

    Not close enough, in my opinion. Inspiration, maybe. Not theft.

    Sep 23, 2011
  • AdLady123's picture
    AdLady123 (not verified)

    So. then can we say maybe JibJab should be sued by Tanqueray's Mr. Jenkins?

    Sep 24, 2011
  • Dabitch's picture

    I had forgotten about Mr Jenkins.

    Sep 24, 2011

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