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27.7.02

Lawyers Fight Over Homer's Intellectual Property

Homer Simpson, the benign patriarch of the best-known animated family in the world, has become the centre of a censorship dispute between Rupert Murdoch's television company, Fox, and counter-culture comedian and writer Paul Krassner.

Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer on The Simpsons, performed an introduction for Krassner on a live comedy album, Irony Lives. In Homer's voice, Castellaneta said his only problem with Krassner was that he was an atheist. He asked: "If there is no God, then who has placed a pox on me and mocks me every day?"

But Fox's lawyers stepped in and insisted that Homer's voice is part of their intellectual property. After requesting copies of the CD they denied permission for its use.

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