Azaria says if he isn't given a declaration by a judge that a copyright on "Jim Brockmire" is his, he and his company, How to Pictures, will be permanently damaged.When most people think about what copyright protects, it's things like movies, TV shows, music or books -- not character voices. VIDEO: ' The Simpsons' Mocks Karl Rove Azaria says he came up with the voice of an old-timey baseball announcer who speaks with peculiar inflections as far back as 1983, when, according to his lawsuit filed Wednesday in California federal court, "he performed it on the quadrangle of his college." He says he met Bierko in 1990 and shared the baseball announcer voice with him, too.This third person arranged a meeting between the two so that Azaria could perform his voice for Bierko and Bierko could perform his for Azaria.The two became chummy and traded their development of the voice.Though originally known as a comic actor, Azaria has also taken on more dramatic roles, including the TV films Tuesdays With Morrie (1999) and Uprising (2001).He has won six Emmys and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
The two actors are said to have had a mutual acquaintance who, before 1990, had heard Azaria's voice and knew of Bierko's voice.Azaria reportedly moved out of the couples home after being separated from his wife for six months and Hunt filed for divorce citing 'irreconcilable differences'.The divorce was finalised on 18th December 2000 and Hunt moved back to New York in the hope of doing more theatre work. Azaria is now suing Bierko over rights to the "Jim Brockmire Character," which was featured by Azaria on a popular Funny or Die video.He says there's interest in adapting the character into a feature film, but Bierko purportedly is claiming some credit for coming up with the character's voice.
No, probably not, because there are just too many celebrity couples to keep track of.