Spike Lee settles lawsuit against “Spike TV.”

Proving once again that there is no ego so large that it can’t be bought with a large enough wad of cash, Spike Lee has settled his dispute with Viacom over their plans to rename the cable channel TNN to “Spike TV”.

Spike Lee settles ‘Spike TV’ lawsuit

NEW YORK, July 7—Spike TV won’t be getting spiked after all. Filmmaker Spike Lee and Viacom settled a dispute Monday that allows the media giant to rebrand its TNN network as Spike TV, ending a lawsuit that contended the new moniker was a deliberate attempt to hijack Lee’s image.

Personally I would’ve loved seeing this go to trial because I honestly don’t see that Spike Lee had much of a leg to stand on and thought a little public humiliation might bring his ego into check, but perhaps a dawning realization that he was about to get bitch slapped publicly in a court of law was behind his decision to settle. Terms of the settlement weren’t released so we can only speculate, but I imagine they tossed him a few dollars to help ease the pain of realizing that not every use of the word “spike” is in reference to him.

8 thoughts on “Spike Lee settles lawsuit against “Spike TV.”

  1. Another reason to settle is probably because he’s shooting a movie for Showtime which, just like Spike TV, is owned by Viacom.

  2. Viacom should’ve canceled his Showtime gig. I’m sure it would’ve been cheaper to do than pay but bum off.

  3. Get off Spike Lee’s back. He obviously did have a leg to stand on otherwise thaty wouldn’t have given him a dime stupid. Besides, that’s not what the suit was all about. Get your facts straight dum ass!

  4. Just because they settled the case that doesn’t mean Spike Lee was vindicated. Often companies will settle cases for reasons of time and money. Relaunching a TV network under a new name isn’t the sort of thing you do without a timetable and a lengthy lawsuit could screw that up and it’s often cheaper to settle for a set amount than to go through the expense of a full blown trial, if the company thinks it’ll save them some cash and put their timetable back on track then they’ll settle regardless of the merits of the case.

  5. If “Juz-T” wants to mindlessly insult people, he should at least learn to spell a word as simple as d-u-m-b.  Guess it’s true that when you point one finger at others you point three at yourself.  If you yourself want a leg to stand on “Juz-T” you need to actually know what you’re talking about-but it sounds like thinking before you speak involves just too much discipline for you.

  6. WHAT A JACKASS SPIKE LEE IS.  SUING FOR USING THE NAME SPIKE.  SPIKESPIKESPIKESPIKESPIKESPIKESPSPIKESPIKESPIKESPIKESPIKESPIKEIKESPSPIKESPIKESPIKESPIKESPIKESPIKEIKESPIKESPIKESPIKESPIKE
    AM I GOING TO GET SUED NOW?  WHAT A LOSER.  THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO GET PUBLICITY.  ROB OR SHOOT SOMEONE SPIKE.

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