History Main / DisneyOwnsThisTrope

14th Oct '17 10:16:38 PM system
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14th Oct '17 2:21:26 PM Deadset
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* Until 2016, with a few special exceptions, Creator/ElectronicArts had exclusive rights to Porsche vehicles, so in most non-EA games, they were [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute substituted with the RUF brand instead]].

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* Until 2016, with a few special exceptions, Creator/ElectronicArts had exclusive rights to Porsche vehicles, so in most non-EA games, they were [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute substituted with the RUF brand instead]]. In 2017, Microsoft took advantage of the Porsche being open and bought exclusive rights to use them in the ''VideoGame/{{Forza}}'' games, meaning they're no longer free, just under new management.
4th Oct '17 10:35:39 AM Prinzenick
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* Averted with Lego bricks. The patent for the bricks expired long ago, and Lego has so far been unsuccessful in their efforts to trademark their iconic 2x4 brick, hence why you'll find very similar brands of construction sets like Mega Blocks on the market. Hasn't stopped Lego from trying to take legal action against them time and time again, though.
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13th Sep '17 4:40:34 PM nombretomado
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** When the [[AppleMacintosh Macintosh]] came out in 1984, the ads and manuals had a credit to [=McIntosh=] (the people that make amplifiers and such) in them; Apple was later able to claim "Macintosh" as a trademark in itself.

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** When the [[AppleMacintosh [[UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh Macintosh]] came out in 1984, the ads and manuals had a credit to [=McIntosh=] (the people that make amplifiers and such) in them; Apple was later able to claim "Macintosh" as a trademark in itself.
4th Sep '17 9:35:53 AM PonchoBot
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* With a few special exceptions, ElectronicArts has exclusive rights to Porsche vehicles, so in most non-EA games, they are [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute substituted with the RUF brand instead]].

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* With Until 2016, with a few special exceptions, ElectronicArts has Creator/ElectronicArts had exclusive rights to Porsche vehicles, so in most non-EA games, they are were [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute substituted with the RUF brand instead]].
27th Aug '17 11:44:34 PM PatPayne
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* ''[[TabletopGame/{{Battletech}} Battletech]]'' was originally named ''Battledroids'', but Lucasfilm sent a C&D, forcing a change to the more recognizable name. [=FASA=] would be hit ''hard'' with this trope about 12 years later after a dispute over the Unseen that has been ''only as of 2015'' finally put behind the franchise.

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* ''[[TabletopGame/{{Battletech}} Battletech]]'' was originally named ''Battledroids'', ''Battledroids''. What happened next is a bit of conjecture, but either story hinges in the fact that [=LucasFilm=] has registered a trademark to the word "droid":
** One story claims that [=FASA=] voluntarily decided to change the name in the hopes of sweetening the pot in negotiations with [=LucasFilm=] for a license to make a ''Franchise/StarWars'' roleplaying game (to complement their well-received ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and ''Franchise/DoctorWho'' licenses)
** The other story is that
Lucasfilm sent a C&D, forcing a change to the more recognizable name. [=FASA=] name.
**[=FASA=] in either case did not get the hoped for ''Star Wars'' license (that going instead to WestEndGames),and would
would be hit ''hard'' with this trope about 12 years later after a dispute over the Unseen that has been ''only as ''as of 2015'' finally put behind the franchise.2017'' is ''still'' ongoing.
1st Aug '17 9:21:29 AM Lirodon
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* Creator/WarnerMusicGroup-affiliated publisher Warner/Chappell Music previously owned the lyrics of "HappyBirthdayToYou", and technically any time you perform it in public you owe them money. Hence, restaurants avoid singing it, [[HappyBirthdayToYou instead inventing their own ditties.]] This copyright applies only to the lyrics, and only in the USA. In the United Kingdom, for instance, there's no such restriction. The lyrics and music of the original tune, "Good Morning to All", are out of copyright. In 2015 it was ruled the copyright on the lyrics was ''never'' valid because of evidence that the lyrics were actually older than Warner/Chappell had been claiming.

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* Creator/WarnerMusicGroup-affiliated publisher Warner/Chappell Music previously owned the lyrics of claimed copyright on "HappyBirthdayToYou", and technically any time you perform it in public you owe them money. Hence, restaurants avoid singing it, [[HappyBirthdayToYou instead inventing their own ditties.]] This copyright applies only to based on the lyrics, and only registration of copyrights by the Summy Company (which they had acquired in the USA. In the United Kingdom, TheEighties as Birch Tree Group) in 1935 for instance, there's no such restriction. The lyrics and music a specific piano arrangement of the original tune, song. However, the song's history significantly predated this particular publication; the song itself was based on the melody of "Good Morning to All", are out which was first published in 1893. A publication of copyright. the lyrics and music in 1922 did not contain a copyright notice as required by U.S. law at the time (nowadays, the U.S. is part of the Berne Convention, which makes copyright automatic upon publication). In 2015 2015, it was ruled the copyright on the lyrics was ''never'' valid because of evidence that the lyrics were actually older than Warner/Chappell publisher's claim was invalid, and that the tune had been claiming.long entered the public domain.
28th Jul '17 8:01:20 PM DarkChirano
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* After Ken Penders won his lawsuit with Archie Comics over his characters in their ''[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' comic, he made it clear many times he would sue for even the vaguest similarity to his characters or basic concepts. Some examples include the idea of a Sonic multiverse, as well as evil Sonics in general. Given his aforementioned victory, this intimidated Archie enough to skim around a Sonic multiverse when the ''[[ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsUnite Worlds Unite]]'' crossover event was released, instead opting for [[Main/MassiveMultiplayerCrossover a more expensive]] [[Main/LoopholeAbuse solution]].
21st Jul '17 12:56:01 PM TheCuza
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** For that matter, Intel also trademarked the word "inside". Riverdale potato chips, sold only at Irving gas stations in Atlantic Canada, were abruptly discontinued sometime in the late [='90s=]/early [='00s=] because Intel took issue with the slogan on the bag, "Pride Inside".
16th Jul '17 6:53:18 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* Warner/Chappell Music previously owned the lyrics of "HappyBirthdayToYou", and technically any time you perform it in public you owe them money. Hence, restaurants avoid singing it, [[HappyBirthdayToYou instead inventing their own ditties.]] This copyright applies only to the lyrics, and only in the USA. In the United Kingdom, for instance, there's no such restriction. The lyrics and music of the original tune, "Good Morning to All", are out of copyright. In 2015 it was ruled the copyright on the lyrics was ''never'' valid because of evidence that the lyrics were actually older than Warner/Chappell had been claiming.

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* Creator/WarnerMusicGroup-affiliated publisher Warner/Chappell Music previously owned the lyrics of "HappyBirthdayToYou", and technically any time you perform it in public you owe them money. Hence, restaurants avoid singing it, [[HappyBirthdayToYou instead inventing their own ditties.]] This copyright applies only to the lyrics, and only in the USA. In the United Kingdom, for instance, there's no such restriction. The lyrics and music of the original tune, "Good Morning to All", are out of copyright. In 2015 it was ruled the copyright on the lyrics was ''never'' valid because of evidence that the lyrics were actually older than Warner/Chappell had been claiming.



* Since Sony Music Entertainment got into bed with Website/YouTube, music videos which were formerly freely available outside the USA are now completely blocked to British viewers. A black screen comes up to tell you, ''SME has blocked this video on copyright grounds and it is not available in your country, Sorry about that.'' SME's comments page on [=YouTube=] is henceforth almost completely choked with comments about this, with varying degrees of civility towards the actions of the SME company execs.
* Mattel, the maker of Barbie, famously (and unsuccessfully) attempted to sue MCA Records over the 1997 Aqua song "Barbie Girl"

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* Since Sony Music Entertainment Creator/SonyMusicEntertainment got into bed with Website/YouTube, music videos which were formerly freely available outside the USA are now completely blocked to British viewers. A black screen comes up to tell you, ''SME has blocked this video on copyright grounds and it is not available in your country, Sorry about that.'' SME's comments page on [=YouTube=] is henceforth almost completely choked with comments about this, with varying degrees of civility towards the actions of the SME company execs.
* Mattel, the maker of Barbie, famously (and unsuccessfully) attempted to sue MCA Records (the predecessor of Universal Music Group) over the 1997 Aqua song "Barbie Girl"Girl".
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