Hollywood, March 26/ MR Newswire
Steve Samwell, the creator of the concept of filing frivolous lawsuits against the producers of hit TV Shows, Films and Records, has today announced that he will file a lawsuit against “everyone in the past 40 years who has filed a lawsuit claiming that their idea was stolen.” Mr. Samwell is asserting that these people have stolen his intellectual property and are profiting from that theft.
Mr. Samwell is claiming that he pioneered the concept of the frivolous lawsuit when he sued Mel Brooks, Buck Henry and rest of the creators of the hit TV Show Get Smart in March of 1967 claiming it was based upon an unpublished short story that he had sent to Look Magazine in 1958. The story was called “Casino Royal Screw-up,” and it was a James Bond parody centering on the antics of Secret Agent Charles Crafty, code-named “Double Oh Double” and his highly attractive partner, Agent Heh, code named “Sixty-Nine.”
While Mr. Brooks and Mr. Henry claimed that they had never seen the short story, it was faster and less expensive to settle with Mr. Samwell for an undisclosed amount. Mr. Samwell claims that this precipitated a four-decade revenue stream for other individuals who filed similar lawsuits.
“I’ve been watching the progress of this for many years — starting with the ‘My Sweet Lord’ case, and the lawsuit against John Fogerty, right up through the recent “Mrs. Mom” suit against Rainier Wolfcastle — each one seems more frivolous than the previous one.” Still, Mr. Samwell sat upon the sidelines, and never once raised a finger while others profited from his idea.
When asked why he decided to file his lawsuit after nearly four decades, he won’t mention anything specifically, but he does point to the latest lawsuit against the TV show Heroes, as an typical suit that he plans to take action about.
“When I saw that they were suing that TV show with all of the superhero types that been around forever, I thought that it just might be the most frivolous lawsuit I’d ever seen. They are totally infringing on my intellectual property. And I really need to get a piece of the action.”