Written by Frank Cotolo

Sunday, 30 May 2004

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Charges surface that Indy is a fraud

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - More than twenty years after the film debut of the character Indiana Jones, six law suits have been filed claiming the George Lucas character was stolen, as were some of the characters from which he reportedly stole.

Ailes Migrane filed the first suit, which asks for significant revenues from Lucas. Migrane says he created a character called Colorado Smith, which gave Lucas the idea for Indiana Jones.

"It is so obvious," said Ergo Plainfield, Migrane's lawyer, "that Lucas owes my client millions. Just look at the name of the character."

Not a week went by when a lawsuit was filed by a Midwest writer named Orson Docklow. This suit was against Migrane and Lucas, claiming the two infringed upon his character, Alabama Barry.

"It is so obvious," said Robert K. Scaglia, Docklow's lawyer, "that Migrane and Lucas owe my client millions. Just look at the name of the character."

Next, a Canadian author going by the name of George Justice, filed suit against Docklow, Migrane and Lucas, claiming the trio stole his character, Manitoba Wilson.

"It is so obvious," said Cecilia Clock, Justice's lawyer, "that Migrane, Lucas and Docklow owe my client millions. Just look at the name of the character."

Then, Eli Stump of Indiana filed suit against Lucas alone, claiming that Lucas stole the name of the state Indiana and probably did so because he stole the idea from writers with characters using the states Colorado and Alabama.

The Canadian province of Manitoba then slapped a lawsuit on Lucas claiming that he discriminated against Canadian provinces by using the name of an American state, "which he probably stole because he didn't use Colorado or Alabama," said a lawyer handling the Canadian suit.

There was no comment from George Lucas, primarily because he was never contacted for a comment.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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