Attorneys for planet Earth are pressing forward with plans to sue over alleged copyright infringement.
The term 'International Date Line' has long been used to describe the imaginary line on the globe where the 24-hour-clock changes days. But a new company calling itself 'International Dateline' is threatening potential confusion, lost revenues and lost sailors.
'International Dateline' will offer a telephone chat service for people around the world costing roughly fifty dollars (US) for the first three minutes and then twenty dollars for each additional minute. The company's founder, former rapper Vanilla Ice, claims that he is supporting globalization and emphatically disagrees with Earth's lawyers about the name infringement charge. He points out the fact that he took away the space between "date" and "line" to form the new name.
"It is difficult to place a figure on the amount of compensation our client might seek," said one Earth lawyer. "But we intend to send a strong message."