The Spoof has landed itself in hot water over the use of a picture of a fly in its image library, says a report.
The site, a 'satirical' news story haunt for several down-and-out, would-be writers, pokes fun at all and sundry, and uses 'funny images' to supplement its stories.
Now, however, it looks to have trodden on the wrong toes, as a regular household fly has threatened to take The Spoof to the High Court, saying that the image was used without its permission.
The fly, which normally buzzes around the living room and kitchen of a house in Lancaster, Upnorth, was snapped by an unknown photographer last week, with the image then being uploaded onto The Spoof's library.
Solicitors for the fly have said they will use the full weight of the Law to punish the breach of copyright, and to secure a hefty compensation package for the filthy, buzzing pest.
Flies normally vomit, urinate and defecate onto food, and then stamp it in, to soften it up for their own consumption. If this is then consumed by humans, nasty bouts of diarrhoea can follow. To avoid this, anyone seeing an annoying fly in their house should swat it large with a newspaper or magazine, rather than taking a photograph of it.
The fly, resting on a nearby piece of dog turd, was unavailable for comment.