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11th Apr '18 8:57:23 AM gropcbf
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* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' was completely unavailable worldwide outside Japan for close to a decade thanks to legal problems, the details of which are still speculated. Toei Animation and Kodansha declined to renew any Sailor Moon licenses worldwide beginning in 2003, which caused Creator/ADVFilms (who had the US home video license to the first two seasons at the time) to hastily release box sets of the show sub-only before it expired. This also prevented the final season of the 90s anime, ''Sailor Stars'', from seeing the light of day in North America at all. With its popularity resurging in 2009, Toei and Kodansha began licensing the series worldwide for a second time beginning with the Italian broadcast of the 90s anime in 2010. In North America, the manga was re-released in English beginning in 2011 (courtesy of Kodansha Comics USA), and the 90s anime began its re-release (including the unreleased-in-America ''Sailor Stars'') in 2014 (courtesy of Creator/VizMedia), both with brand new localizations, along with ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal''.

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* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' was completely unavailable worldwide outside Japan (and France actually) for close to a decade thanks to legal problems, the details of which are still speculated. Toei Animation and Kodansha declined to renew any Sailor Moon licenses worldwide beginning in 2003, which caused Creator/ADVFilms (who had the US home video license to the first two seasons at the time) to hastily release box sets of the show sub-only before it expired. This also prevented the final season of the 90s anime, ''Sailor Stars'', from seeing the light of day in North America at all. With its popularity resurging in 2009, Toei and Kodansha began licensing the series worldwide for a second time beginning with the Italian broadcast of the 90s anime in 2010. In North America, the manga was re-released in English beginning in 2011 (courtesy of Kodansha Comics USA), and the 90s anime began its re-release (including the unreleased-in-America ''Sailor Stars'') in 2014 (courtesy of Creator/VizMedia), both with brand new localizations, along with ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal''.
10th Apr '18 12:18:46 PM Steven
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* The Steam version of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' was untouched for years until a sudden update in 2014 was released out of the blue. The patch did nothing but remove several songs from the game whose licenses expired and since Rockstar didn't want to spend money to renew the licenses (which were likely more expensive now than they were years ago), the songs got cut to prevent a lawsuit. Fans of the game were extremely upset that their favorite songs were cut out and also point out that the Steam version of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' went through a similar process, but Rockstar had simply stopped selling the original version of the game and added a new version without the copyrighted songs so that owners of the original version could still download and play the version they purchased.

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* The Steam version of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' was untouched for years until a sudden update in 2014 was released out of the blue. The patch did nothing but remove several songs from the game whose licenses expired and since Rockstar didn't want to spend money to renew the licenses (which were likely more expensive now than they were years ago), the songs got cut to prevent a lawsuit. Fans of the game were extremely upset that their favorite songs were cut out and also point out that the Steam version of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' went through a similar process, but Rockstar had simply stopped selling the original version of the game and added a new version without the copyrighted songs so that owners of the original version could still download and play the version they purchased. ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' had also gone through a similar change where the digital versions were replaced with updated versions that had songs under the expired licenses removed.
6th Apr '18 3:06:07 PM erforce
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* With all of the above, it's gratifying to find that this trope comes into play, but ''against'' major studios at least twice in regards to very popular movies: both ''{{Film/Charade}}'' and ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'' both fell into the public domain immediately upon release. In both cases, it was because the studios only placed the date of publication and the copyright holder, [[IdiotBall and not the clear assertion of copyright]] ("Copyright", "Copr." "(C)" or the like) as was necessary under the copyright statutes before 1989.

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* With all of the above, it's gratifying to find that this trope comes into play, but ''against'' major studios at least twice in regards to very popular movies: both ''{{Film/Charade}}'' and ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'' ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' both fell into the public domain immediately upon release. In both cases, it was because the studios only placed the date of publication and the copyright holder, [[IdiotBall and not the clear assertion of copyright]] ("Copyright", "Copr." "(C)" or the like) as was necessary under the copyright statutes before 1989.
5th Apr '18 6:34:30 PM nombretomado
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** Creator/LittleKuriboh lampooned the "Three Strikes" rule to hell and back in ''WebOriginal/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'': Season Zero episode 3, complete with "[[[WesternAnimation/SouthPark This is what the YPD Actually Believes]]]" disclaimer.

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** Creator/LittleKuriboh lampooned the "Three Strikes" rule to hell and back in ''WebOriginal/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'': ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'': Season Zero episode 3, complete with "[[[WesternAnimation/SouthPark This is what the YPD Actually Believes]]]" disclaimer.
30th Mar '18 8:35:29 PM costanton11
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* This trope is the reason why Princess Giselle from ''Disney/{{Enchanted}}'' is not an official Franchise/DisneyPrincess. In order to include her in the line-up, Disney would have to secure lifelong rights to the use of her actress, Creator/AmyAdams.

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* This trope is the reason why Princess Giselle from ''Disney/{{Enchanted}}'' ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' is not an official Franchise/DisneyPrincess. In order to include her in the line-up, Disney would have to secure lifelong rights to the use of her actress, Creator/AmyAdams.
30th Mar '18 11:26:36 AM dmeagher13
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* In late 2017, Google was forced to remove the "View Image" button[[note]]Which opened the selected image in a tab of its own[[/note]] from its Image Search results after a lawsuit from Getty Images arguing that the feature was tantamount to copyright infringement.
30th Mar '18 2:30:19 AM gjjones
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* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' was completely unavailable worldwide outside Japan for close to a decade thanks to legal problems, the details of which are still speculated. Toei Animation and Kodansha declined to renew any Sailor Moon licenses worldwide beginning in 2003, which forced, which forced Creator/ADVFilms (who had the US home video license to the first two seasons at the time) to hastily release box sets of the show sub-only before it expired. This also prevented the final season of the 90s anime, ''Sailor Stars'', from seeing the light of day in North America at all. With its popularity resurging in 2009, Toei and Kodansha began licensing the series worldwide for a second time beginning with the Italian broadcast of the 90s anime in 2010. In North America, the manga was re-released in English beginning in 2011 (courtesy of Kodansha Comics USA), and the 90s anime began its re-release (including the unreleased-in-America ''Sailor Stars'') in 2014 (courtesy of Creator/VizMedia), both with brand new localizations, along with ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal''.

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* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' was completely unavailable worldwide outside Japan for close to a decade thanks to legal problems, the details of which are still speculated. Toei Animation and Kodansha declined to renew any Sailor Moon licenses worldwide beginning in 2003, which forced, which forced caused Creator/ADVFilms (who had the US home video license to the first two seasons at the time) to hastily release box sets of the show sub-only before it expired. This also prevented the final season of the 90s anime, ''Sailor Stars'', from seeing the light of day in North America at all. With its popularity resurging in 2009, Toei and Kodansha began licensing the series worldwide for a second time beginning with the Italian broadcast of the 90s anime in 2010. In North America, the manga was re-released in English beginning in 2011 (courtesy of Kodansha Comics USA), and the 90s anime began its re-release (including the unreleased-in-America ''Sailor Stars'') in 2014 (courtesy of Creator/VizMedia), both with brand new localizations, along with ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal''.



* Despite [=FUNimation=]'s association with the Dragon Ball franchise, the company for the longest time did not have the rights to an English-language version of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' (and neither does any non-Japanese company, for that matter). The reason is because Creator/ToeiAnimation requires ''Dragon Ball Super'' to be shown on TV in the country that it's distributed to, and streaming doesn't count. This is an absolute deal: No TV broadcast, no rights, no exceptions. With [=FUNimation=] still going through ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' on Creator/{{Toonami}} and thus there is no room for ''Dragon Ball Super'' on US airwaves, Toei withheld ''Dragon Ball Super'' from Creator/FUNimation for a while. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-11-04/funimation-licenses-dragon-ball-super-plans-english-dub/.108465 It only recently got licensed for American distribution]].

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* Despite [=FUNimation=]'s association with the Dragon Ball franchise, the company for the longest time did not have the rights to an English-language version of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' (and neither does any non-Japanese company, for that matter). The reason is because Creator/ToeiAnimation requires ''Dragon Ball Super'' to be shown on TV in the country that it's distributed to, and streaming doesn't count. This is an absolute deal: No TV broadcast, no rights, no exceptions. With [=FUNimation=] still going through ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' on Creator/{{Toonami}} and thus there is no room for ''Dragon Ball Super'' on US airwaves, Toei withheld ''Dragon Ball Super'' from Creator/FUNimation for a while. while until November 2016, when [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-11-04/funimation-licenses-dragon-ball-super-plans-english-dub/.108465 It only recently got it was finally licensed for American distribution]].in North America]].
30th Mar '18 2:28:58 AM gjjones
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* In July 2017, GKIDS acquired all of Creator/StudioGhibli's films from Disney for a home media release in North America in late 2017 and early 2018. They, however, weren't able to license ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' or ''Creator/TheWindRises'' for their releases; the former was never represented by Ghibli outside of Japan and remains with its current licensor Creator/SentaiFilmworks, while the latter was still a relatively new license from Disney.

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* In July 2017, GKIDS acquired all of Creator/StudioGhibli's films from Disney for a home media release in North America in late 2017 and early 2018. They, however, weren't able to license ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' or ''Creator/TheWindRises'' ''Anime/TheWindRises'' for their releases; the former was never represented by Ghibli outside of Japan and remains with its current licensor Creator/SentaiFilmworks, while the latter was still a relatively new license from Disney.
30th Mar '18 2:28:40 AM gjjones
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* In July 2017, GKIDS acquired all of Creator/StudioGhibli's films from Disney for a home media release in North America in late 2017 and early 2018. They, however, weren't able to license ''Grave of the Fireflies'' or ''The Wind Rises'' for their releases; the former was never represented by Ghibli outside of Japan and remains with its current licensor Creator/SentaiFilmworks, while the latter was still a relatively new license from Disney.

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* In July 2017, GKIDS acquired all of Creator/StudioGhibli's films from Disney for a home media release in North America in late 2017 and early 2018. They, however, weren't able to license ''Grave of the Fireflies'' ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' or ''The Wind Rises'' ''Creator/TheWindRises'' for their releases; the former was never represented by Ghibli outside of Japan and remains with its current licensor Creator/SentaiFilmworks, while the latter was still a relatively new license from Disney.
26th Mar '18 1:15:05 PM Mario1995
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* Another phrase "This video contains content from *Insert Company Here* who has blocked it (in your country) on copyright grounds" pops up a lot, one variant lists multiple companies and adds "one or more of which" before "has blocked it...". SME, WMG and UMG do this a lot, so does b_viacom.


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** Another phrase "This video contains content from *Insert Company Here* who has blocked it (in your country) on copyright grounds" pops up a lot, one variant lists multiple companies and adds "one or more of which" before "has blocked it...". Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music do this a lot, and so do other media companies.
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