Barnacles! Spongebob grave marker denied.

This raises some interesting intellectual property issues.  When I read the headline, I was hoping that it wasn’t Spongebob’s creator/licensor/owner that caused the cemetery to go back on their prior approval.  Instead, it was the cemetery itself that had a change of heart.

Technically, this gravestone could infringe both copyright and trademark rights.  But, as the brand/copyright owner, this one would probably be best left alone.  I can’t imagine that a black market of cartoon character grave markers will spring up if this “infringement” is left unchecked…

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