South African, Claus van Dunderhead, inventor of the vuvuzela, claims that he still owns the rights to the noisy noisemaker, and is suing the large Chinese company, Wei Mak Cheep for the profits it has made on the sale of the vuvuzelas at the World Cup.
Dunderhead is filing a second claim against the Chinese company claiming that had they (the Chinese) not copied his invention and flooded the South African market with vuvuzelas, he would be free to roam the streets of his city without being accused of single-handedly ruining the World Cup.
"My fellow citizens won't speak to me, my wife has left me, and I am facing a life sentence for second-hand assault in 27 cases where men who attended the games were arrested after going home and beating their wives, claiming the vuvuzela buzzing in their heads caused them to act out violently," said Dunderhead.
A spokesperson for Wei Mak Cheep, commenting on the lawsuit, confirmed that they are going ahead with several shipments of the plastic knock-offs to the United States and Europe, as the company is hoping to cash in on the popularity of the horn before it dies off. "Wei Mak Cheep no care about lawsuit. Lawsuit come many time to China. China make cheap placemat from lawsuit paper."