The creators of “South Park” are being sued over the alleged theft of a lollipop character that was used in a 2007 episode of the Comedy Central series, according to the AV Club.
In the three part episode, titled “Imaginationland,” the characters of “South Park” embark on a magical world filled with figments of people’s imaginations. The trilogy of episodes contains characters ranging from leprechauns to a King Lollipop who was supposedly was taken from "The Lollipop Forrest [sic]."
Exavier Wardlaw is suing on the basis that King Lollipop was essentially the same character as the Big Bad Lollipop character he created. Wardlaw filed a financial infringement claim in a federal court in Philadelphia.
"The 'South Park' television show and its producers, directors and writers disregarded the public copyright notice and appropriated 'The Lollipop Forest' for financial gain, without permission or attribution of authorship or compensation for use," the Chicago Tribune reported, citing the complaint. "The 'South Park' television broadcast diminished/tarnished the value of 'The Lollipop Forest' as a wholesome family show by association within the context of unwholesome language and sexual innuendo."
The “Imaginationland” trilogy was just as far from family-oriented as the rest of the series created by Matt Stone and Trey Parks, noted the Christian Post. The plot of the three-part episode revolves around a land of imaginary beings that is attacked by terrorist who release evil creatures.
“After the wall in Imaginationland is blown up by terrorists, the evil side crosses over,” reads an episode description on ComedyCentral.com. “Cartman tracks down Kyle and Stan at the Pentagon and demands Kyle makes good on their agreement. Meanwhile, U.S. troops cross over into Imaginationland while evil characters cross over into reality.”
Neither the creators of “South Park” nor representatives for Comedy Central have released a statement on the lawsuit.
The trailer for “Lollipop Forrest [sic]” was posted to YouTube in August 2011 and has had 16,000 views. All of the comments were posted within the last day, and the majority of them are about the “South Park” lawsuit.
“If the lawsuit is successful, I lose all faith in mankind,” comments YouTube user Ocelot11snake. Another user, Stryx74, added, “I hope they countersue for their own time and legal expenses.”