History Headscratchers / Godzilla

18th Apr '16 5:18:02 PM Luppercus
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*****Or use it in a lake/sea/part of the ocean that people use for fishing, kill all marine life forms and let the people of the area starve.
15th Nov '15 6:43:34 PM nombretomado
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* If Toho is so [[ScrewedByTheLawyers vicious about protecting their copyright]] of Godzilla's [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope name, his likeness, the associated soundtrack, and even his roar]]... why have they not gone after ''{{Rugrats}}''? Reptar and Dactar share Godzilla and Rodan's likeness and powers - and [[http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2008/11/godzilla-terror/ it's not like they haven't gone after parodies and even coincidental likenesses in the past]].

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* If Toho is so [[ScrewedByTheLawyers vicious about protecting their copyright]] of Godzilla's [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope name, his likeness, the associated soundtrack, and even his roar]]... why have they not gone after ''{{Rugrats}}''? ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''? Reptar and Dactar share Godzilla and Rodan's likeness and powers - and [[http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2008/11/godzilla-terror/ it's not like they haven't gone after parodies and even coincidental likenesses in the past]].
16th Jun '15 7:08:43 AM CareerKnight
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***** The name Godzilla was thought up by Toho (as was Zilla) for use in the American translation, not by American Distributors. In fact he is usually referred to as Godzilla in Japan now instead of Gojira.
4th May '15 11:40:26 PM erforce
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** In the case of University City vs Nintendo, Franchise/DonkeyKong was considered a ripoff of KingKong. However because King Kong was so old that he was considered PUBLIC DOMAIN, Universal had no right to defend King Kong. The same would be true for Raptar and other parodies. Going to court would be dangerous because of this, Toho's reputation would be at risk for such hostility.

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** In the case of University City vs Nintendo, Franchise/DonkeyKong was considered a ripoff of KingKong.Film/KingKong. However because King Kong was so old that he was considered PUBLIC DOMAIN, Universal had no right to defend King Kong. The same would be true for Raptar and other parodies. Going to court would be dangerous because of this, Toho's reputation would be at risk for such hostility.
23rd Dec '14 9:20:24 AM Marp2904
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** Reptar is a parody and a ShowWithinAShow, which has long-since reached its conclusion. Toho are not going to waste their time taking every guy and their NotZilla to court, when each is a nod to, and recognition of, Godzilla and the franchise. It all helps keep Godzilla current and relevant within media mainstream and various circles, keeping him fresh in people's memories.

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** Reptar is a parody and a ShowWithinAShow, which has long-since reached its conclusion. Toho are not going to waste their time taking every guy and their NotZilla to court, when each is a nod to, and recognition of, Godzilla and the franchise. It all helps keep Godzilla current and relevant within media mainstream and various circles, keeping him fresh in people's memories.memories.
**It's likely that the creators of Rugrats got permission from Toho to use a parody of Godzilla in their show....Or Toho just didn't bother going after them.
17th May '14 10:38:46 PM Welshbie
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*** Reptar is a parody and a ShowWithinAShow, which has long-since reached its conclusion. Toho are not going to waste their time taking every guy and their NotZilla to court, when each is a nod to, and recognition of, Godzilla and the franchise. It all helps keep Godzilla current and relevant within media mainstream and various circles, keeping him fresh in people's memories.

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*** ** Reptar is a parody and a ShowWithinAShow, which has long-since reached its conclusion. Toho are not going to waste their time taking every guy and their NotZilla to court, when each is a nod to, and recognition of, Godzilla and the franchise. It all helps keep Godzilla current and relevant within media mainstream and various circles, keeping him fresh in people's memories.
17th May '14 10:37:45 PM Welshbie
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*** Also, it wasn't decided that King Kong was in the public domain. What was decided was that Universal's double-dipping by arguing sole ownership of the trademark against Nintendo while having previously argued that King Kong was in the public domain to wrest control from RKO Studios invalidated their lawsuit over Donkey Kong, and the rights to King Kong were divided between Universal, RKO, and the creator Merian C. Cooper.

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*** Also, it wasn't decided that King Kong was in the public domain. What was decided was that Universal's double-dipping by arguing sole ownership of the trademark against Nintendo while having previously argued that King Kong was in the public domain to wrest control from RKO Studios invalidated their lawsuit over Donkey Kong, and the rights to King Kong were divided between Universal, RKO, and the creator Merian C. Cooper.Cooper.
*** Reptar is a parody and a ShowWithinAShow, which has long-since reached its conclusion. Toho are not going to waste their time taking every guy and their NotZilla to court, when each is a nod to, and recognition of, Godzilla and the franchise. It all helps keep Godzilla current and relevant within media mainstream and various circles, keeping him fresh in people's memories.
17th Apr '14 10:32:40 PM Arawn999
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***** Technically, "Zilla" is derived from a Japanese word, like Godzilla's name was; as "Gojira" is derived from "gorira" and "kujira", thus "Jira" is derived from "Gojira", then "kujira" (as the root of the "jira" part of "Gojira"), meaning "whale".

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***** Technically, "Zilla" is derived from a Japanese word, like Godzilla's name was; as "Gojira" is derived from "gorira" and "kujira", thus "Jira" is derived from "Gojira", then "kujira" (as the root of the "jira" part of "Gojira"), meaning "whale"."whale".
*** Also, it wasn't decided that King Kong was in the public domain. What was decided was that Universal's double-dipping by arguing sole ownership of the trademark against Nintendo while having previously argued that King Kong was in the public domain to wrest control from RKO Studios invalidated their lawsuit over Donkey Kong, and the rights to King Kong were divided between Universal, RKO, and the creator Merian C. Cooper.
11th Feb '14 10:10:57 AM Ultradester306
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**** Kong is not a Japanese word. Kong was invented for King Kong, and that's specifically why DK uses Kong as well: Miyamoto/Nintendo assumed, from the name King Kong, that Kong simply meant gorilla and didn't refer to a specific character. Additionally, Toho didn't some up with Zilla. That was the American translation team's doing.

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**** Kong is not a Japanese word. Kong was invented for King Kong, and that's specifically why DK uses Kong as well: Miyamoto/Nintendo assumed, from the name King Kong, that Kong simply meant gorilla and didn't refer to a specific character. Additionally, Toho didn't some up with Zilla. That was the American translation team's doing.doing.
***** Technically, "Zilla" is derived from a Japanese word, like Godzilla's name was; as "Gojira" is derived from "gorira" and "kujira", thus "Jira" is derived from "Gojira", then "kujira" (as the root of the "jira" part of "Gojira"), meaning "whale".
30th Jul '13 5:41:17 PM Joshi
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*** The difference is that, unlike Godzilla, there isn't any way to tell whether something is stealing the appearance of King Kong, or whether they're just showing a regular gorilla, whereas Godzilla looks markedly different from any known species. Also, "Kong", unlike "Zilla", is an actual Japanese word meaning "Gorilla", while "Zilla" was invented by Toho. So it's not really the same thing.

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**** ...Disney?
*** The difference is that, unlike Godzilla, there isn't any way to tell whether something is stealing the appearance of King Kong, or whether they're just showing a regular gorilla, whereas Godzilla looks markedly different from any known species. Also, "Kong", unlike "Zilla", is an actual Japanese word meaning "Gorilla", while "Zilla" was invented by Toho. So it's not really the same thing.thing.
**** Kong is not a Japanese word. Kong was invented for King Kong, and that's specifically why DK uses Kong as well: Miyamoto/Nintendo assumed, from the name King Kong, that Kong simply meant gorilla and didn't refer to a specific character. Additionally, Toho didn't some up with Zilla. That was the American translation team's doing.
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