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13th Apr '17 7:01:34 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' got hit with this in its American release: as a tribute to Creator/TeamFourStar and ''WebOriginal/DragonBallAbridged'', Funimation allowed the ''Abridged'' actors to voice a short skit in ''Kai'' (the SoBadItsGood re-enactment of the Cell Games). Toei, who have never liked the Abridged series, stepped in and refused to allow that to be broadcast, forcing Funimation to re-use their old lines from the original ''Dragon Ball Z'' dub. American fans were not amused in the slightest. The footage will supposedly be available as a special feature on the DVD release.
13th Apr '17 11:35:42 AM Mario1995
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* ''Rare Replay'', a CompilationRerelease for Xbox One commemorating Creator/{{Rare}}'s [[MilestoneCelebration 30th anniversary]], is supposed to include dozens of Rare's most popular video games throughout its history. However, a handful of games were not allowed to be included. A few examples: ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', all three ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' games, ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'', ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing'', ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' and ''VideoGame/MickeysSpeedwayUSA''. The first seven are due to Creator/{{Nintendo}} being the original creators of Donkey Kong (and Film/{{GoldenEye}} being a [[Franchise/JamesBond movie license]]), while the eighth is due to Creator/{{Disney}}... and even if this trope didn't come into play, [[https://archive.is/LSb5d all eight games still wouldn't have made the cut due to not belonging to fictional universes 100% created by Rare, as per the internal company goal for the compilation]]; their chances of inclusions were damned either way. Same goes for California Games, World Games and Wizards & Warriors.

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* ''Rare Replay'', a CompilationRerelease for Xbox One commemorating Creator/{{Rare}}'s [[MilestoneCelebration 30th anniversary]], is supposed to include dozens of Rare's most popular video games throughout its history. However, a handful of games were not allowed to be included. A few examples: ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', all three ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' games, ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'', ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing'', ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' and ''VideoGame/MickeysSpeedwayUSA''. The first seven are due to Creator/{{Nintendo}} being owning the original creators games outright (in the case of Donkey Kong (and Film/{{GoldenEye}} being a ''Donkey Kong'') or partially owning them (as is the case with ''[=GoldenEye=]'', which is also [[Franchise/JamesBond a movie license]]), while the eighth is due to Creator/{{Disney}}...Creator/{{Disney}} owning the characters... and even if this trope didn't come into play, [[https://archive.is/LSb5d all eight games still wouldn't have made the cut due to not belonging to fictional universes 100% created by Rare, as per the internal company goal for the compilation]]; their chances of inclusions were damned either way. Same goes for California Games, World Games and Wizards & Warriors.
8th Apr '17 9:45:21 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/InTheGroove'' stopped development after a lawsuit from ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' publisher Konami was settled out of court. Similar lawsuits on ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' (at this point owned by Activision) and ''RockBand'' were less successful.

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* ''VideoGame/InTheGroove'' stopped development after a lawsuit from ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' publisher Konami was settled out of court. Similar lawsuits on ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' (at this point owned by Activision) and ''RockBand'' ''VideoGame/RockBand'' were less successful.
6th Apr '17 3:08:17 PM jormis29
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* This is believed to be the reason why [[Franchise/{{Barbie}} Barbie and Ken]] aren't in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStoryOfTerror'' or ''WesternAnimation/ToyStoryThatTimeForgot'' and why it's unlikely they'll appear in ''Toy Story 4''. After the release of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', the rights to produce ''Barbie'' theatrical films were acquired by Sony and so Disney and Pixar [[ExiledFromContinuity can't use the characters]] for the time being.

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* This is believed to be the reason why [[Franchise/{{Barbie}} Barbie and Ken]] aren't in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStoryOfTerror'' or ''WesternAnimation/ToyStoryThatTimeForgot'' and why it's unlikely they'll appear in ''Toy Story 4''. ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory4''. After the release of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', the rights to produce ''Barbie'' ''Film/{{Barbie}}'' theatrical films were acquired by Sony and so Disney and Pixar [[ExiledFromContinuity can't use the characters]] for the time being.
31st Mar '17 2:53:19 PM merotoker
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* While ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' was released in the US, the DVD/Blu-Ray release had altered opening and ending music. This is because the opening and ending themes were written by 60's pop maven Neil Sedaka, who for reasons unclear (whether licensing fees, OldShame or worries about being seen as {{Japandering}}) has not assented tho their use outside of Japan. This also affects Japan as whenever ''Zeta Gundam'' is used in a ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' game, they end up using one of the series' incidental musics instead.

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* While ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' was released in the US, the DVD/Blu-Ray release had altered opening and ending music. This is because the opening and ending themes were written by 60's pop maven Neil Sedaka, who for reasons unclear (whether licensing fees, OldShame or worries about being seen as {{Japandering}}) has not assented tho to their use outside of Japan. This also affects Japan as whenever ''Zeta Gundam'' is used in a ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' game, they end up using one of the series' incidental musics instead.



* A number of disputes involving Creator/{{CBS}} (who now owns the entire TV back catalog of...), Creator/{{Viacom}} (the English version's original distributor, and Nickelodeon's parent company; now a separate company from CBS), DHX Media (who absorbed Cookie Jar, who were previously known as Cinar, the original producers of the dub) and licensors Creator/StudioGhibli (the successors to the original studio that produced the series) and Tohokushinsha Film Corporation have kept "Koala Boy Kokki" (AKA: "''The Anime/AdventuresOfTheLittleKoala''") from seeing a Region 1 DVD release. Only one VHS release was ever sold in the US, and that was only because the series was still running on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s Nick Jr. block at the time. [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes Hope you were lucky to have taped the show then]].

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* A number of disputes involving Creator/{{CBS}} (who now owns the entire TV back catalog of...), Creator/{{Viacom}} (the English version's original distributor, and Nickelodeon's parent company; now a separate company from CBS), DHX Media (who absorbed Cookie Jar, who were previously known as Cinar, the original producers of the dub) and licensors Creator/StudioGhibli (the successors to the original studio that produced the series) and Tohokushinsha Film Corporation have kept "Koala Boy Kokki" (AKA: "''The Anime/AdventuresOfTheLittleKoala''") from seeing a Region 1 DVD release. Only one VHS release was ever sold in the US, and that was only because the series was still running on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s Nick Jr. Creator/NickJr block at the time. [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes Hope you were lucky to have taped the show then]].



** The Pokemon TV series is an odd duck in the states. Because of the various ChannelHopping caused by the series' meteoric rise to fame -- from syndication to Creator/KidsWB to Cartoon Network - various portions of the anime can only be seen streaming-wise on different programs. For instance, Netflix only has the first 40 syndicated episodes and ''X and Y'' while Hulu has Advanced Generation and Diamond and Pearl.

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** The Pokemon TV series is an odd duck in the states. Because of the various ChannelHopping {{Channel Hop}}ping caused by the series' meteoric rise to fame -- from syndication to Creator/KidsWB to Cartoon Network - various portions of the anime can only be seen streaming-wise on different programs. For instance, Netflix only has the first 40 syndicated episodes and ''X and Y'' while Hulu has Advanced Generation and Diamond and Pearl.



* The 1978 one-shot comic ''Franchise/{{Superman}} vs. Muhammad Ali'' was not reprinted until 2010, as the cover included the likenesses of over a hundred 1970s celebrities in the background. The lawyers had to be convinced no one would sue.

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* The 1978 one-shot comic ''Franchise/{{Superman}} vs. Muhammad Ali'' UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli'' was not reprinted until 2010, as the cover included the likenesses of over a hundred 1970s celebrities in the background. The lawyers had to be convinced no one would sue.



* The ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' storyline ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' had virtually ''every'' Spider-Man in existence show up in some form. However, there are eight that were not allowed to appear. Seven were confirmed, though: the Spider-Man portrayed by Creator/TobeyMaguire, the Spider-Man portrayed by Creator/AndrewGarfield, the Spider-Man of ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', the Spider-Man of ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'' and the three Spider-Boys from the ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse. The first four Spideys are owned by Creator/SonyPictures, the latter three are (both legally and [[FusionDance in-universe]]) half-Marvel, half-Creator/DCComics (and it goes the other way too: DC stated they couldn't use any Amalgam character in ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'' either for the same reason).
** There was a workaround. One of the issues featured a conversation between two of the Spider-Men, who mentioned having seen (respectively) a Spider-Man who looked exactly like Creator/TobeyMaguire, and a Spider-Man who looked exactly like Creator/AndrewGarfield. Additionally, they mentioned having seen a [[Series/TheElectricCompany1971 Spider-Man who kept teaching grammar]] and a [[Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark Spider-Man who wouldn't stop singing show tunes]].

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* The ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' storyline ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' had virtually ''every'' Spider-Man in existence show up in some form. However, there are eight that were not allowed to appear. Seven were confirmed, though: the Spider-Man portrayed by Creator/TobeyMaguire, the Spider-Man portrayed by Creator/AndrewGarfield, the Spider-Man of ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', the Spider-Man of ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'' and the three Spider-Boys from the ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse. The first four Spideys are owned by Creator/SonyPictures, the latter three are (both legally and [[FusionDance in-universe]]) half-Marvel, half-Creator/DCComics (and it goes the other way too: DC stated they couldn't use any Amalgam character in ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'' either for the same reason).
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reason). There was a workaround. One of the issues featured a conversation between two of the Spider-Men, who mentioned having seen (respectively) a Spider-Man who looked exactly like Creator/TobeyMaguire, and a Spider-Man who looked exactly like Creator/AndrewGarfield. Additionally, they mentioned having seen a [[Series/TheElectricCompany1971 Spider-Man who kept teaching grammar]] and a [[Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark Spider-Man who wouldn't stop singing show tunes]].



* In late February 2015, a ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' DarkerAndEdgier "bootleg movie", ''Power/Rangers'', was released to the Internet. Not only was the movie incredibly polarizing to the fanbase and non-fans, Creator/SabanBrands did not like this at all and put in C&D notices for it on Website/YouTube and Vimeo, where they were hosted. Saban and the filmmakers eventually compromised by reuploading the film on [=YouTube=] and Vimeo with a [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope copyright disclaimer]]-slash-{{content warning|s}} at the beginning of the film stating that it is a fan film completely unassociated with Saban Brands that really shouldn't be watched by little kids.

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* In late February 2015, a ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' DarkerAndEdgier "bootleg movie", ''Power/Rangers'', was released to the Internet. Not only was the movie incredibly polarizing to the fanbase and non-fans, Creator/SabanBrands did not like this at all and put in C&D notices for it on Website/YouTube and Vimeo, where they were hosted. Saban and the filmmakers eventually compromised by reuploading the film on [=YouTube=] and Vimeo with a [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope copyright disclaimer]]-slash-{{content warning|s}} at the beginning of the film stating that it is a fan film completely unassociated with Saban Brands [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids that really shouldn't be watched by little kids.]]



* Many people believe ''Film/TheDayTheClownCried'' was unreleased due to poor taste but it was actually due to copyright issues over the script. In fact, Jerry Lewis was technically not supposed to finish it but he did, resulting in the movie being completed but rarely seen.

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* Many people believe ''Film/TheDayTheClownCried'' was unreleased due to poor taste but it was actually due to copyright issues over the script. In fact, Jerry Lewis Creator/JerryLewis was technically not supposed to finish it but he did, resulting in the movie being completed but rarely seen.



* In a rare example of an actor being forced into servitude by a film studio (after the end of the contract player era), Mike Myers withdrew from a proposed adaptation of his ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch ''Sprockets'' due to OldShame of a script he wrote for the film. This pissed off Universal so much that they sued him a year later for failure to abide with the contract he signed with them. He tried to countersue, but a settlement was eventually reached in which he was required to work on a different project for them. After Tim Allen withdrew from playing the title role for the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'', Myers was eventually brought in. This event, along with his reputation of being a [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] on set, contributed to his eventual downfall.
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse is a big victim of this, being a [[TheVerse shared universe]] for a handful of cinematic characters adapted from a [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse shared universe]] for ''hundreds'' of comic book characters.

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* In a rare example of an actor being forced into servitude by a film studio (after the end of the contract player era), Mike Myers Creator/MikeMyers withdrew from a proposed adaptation of his ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch ''Sprockets'' due to OldShame of a script he wrote for the film. This pissed off Universal so much that they sued him a year later for failure to abide with the contract he signed with them. He tried to countersue, but a settlement was eventually reached in which he was required to work on a different project for them. After Tim Allen withdrew from playing the title role for the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'', Myers was eventually brought in. This event, along with his reputation of being a [[ThePrimaDonna Prima Donna]] on set, contributed to his eventual downfall.
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse is a big victim of this, being a [[TheVerse shared universe]] for a handful of cinematic characters adapted from a [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse shared universe]] for ''hundreds'' ''[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters hundreds]]'' of comic book characters.



** The main caveat with the film rights is basically "use it or lose it", meaning that if certain film rights aren't used, they revert back to Marvel[[note]] A notorious example of this is Creator/NewLineCinema's ''Film/BladeTrilogy'', based off Marvel's ''ComicBook/{{Blade}}'' franchise. Wesley Snipes' three-year prison sentence for [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor tax evasion]] led to Marvel Comics yanking the film rights from New Line/Creator/WarnerBros due to the studios being deemed unable to pull off a fourth film on time without Snipes[[/note]]. Thus, Fox is rushing out ''X-Men'' films in rapid succession to keep the film rights away from Marvel, while Sony has decided to share the rights to ''Spider-Man'' with Marvel in hopes that they will be able to make more profits off the character than they did doing it alone; conversely, they both gave up entirely on Ghost Rider and Daredevil due to their box office weakness under their tenure[[note]]In a similar vein, Creator/LionsGate gave up on ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' after their ''third'' attempt at starting a franchise, ''Film/PunisherWarZone'', caused HypeBacklash among fans and flopped[[/note]]. The whole rights debacle is also the main reason why the ''Spider-Man'' movies [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan were rebooted]] [[note]]Sony wanted a new ''Spider-Man'' movie out the door as quickly as possible before the rights expired, but Creator/SamRaimi rejected the scripts he was presented and left, taking Creator/TobeyMaguire with him, forcing Sony to hastily start anew to prevent the lapsing, to extremely unfavorable reactions.[[/note]], and after the [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2 sequel]] somewhat flopped they struck the aforementioned deal with Marvel. As for the ''Fantastic Four'', Fox hoped to get it right [[Film/FantasticFour2015 a second time]] to justify keeping the rights away from Marvel, but it ended up receiving the worst reception of any Marvel superhero movie, making it highly likely Fox will give up on that as well.
** This has created a Catch-22: When Marvel does regain a new property, it's usually only because the property's reputation had been too badly tarnished by the previous studio to continue making sequels. After ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' did poor business at the box office (which many blamed on the [[Film/{{Hulk}} previous]] adaptation), Marvel decided not to rush out and try to integrate these properties right away, instead opting to focus on newer characters like ComicBook/BlackPanther, ComicBook/TheInhumans, and [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]]. This is why Daredevil was relegated to a Creator/{{Netflix}} [[Series/{{Daredevil2015}} TV show]] instead of a full-fledged movie reboot (which turned out to be for the better, as it was greatly acclaimed on release), and why it's unlikely we'll be seeing ''Blade'' or ''The Punisher'' reboots anytime soon (The Punisher, however, is a major character in ''[[Series/{{Daredevil2015}} Daredevil's]]'' second season, and eventually [[Series/ThePunisher got his own show greenlit]].):

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** The main caveat with the film rights is basically "use it or lose it", meaning that if certain film rights aren't used, they revert back to Marvel[[note]] A notorious example of this is Creator/NewLineCinema's ''Film/BladeTrilogy'', based off Marvel's ''ComicBook/{{Blade}}'' franchise. Wesley Snipes' Creator/WesleySnipes' three-year prison sentence for [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor tax evasion]] led to Marvel Comics yanking the film rights from New Line/Creator/WarnerBros due to the studios being deemed unable to pull off a fourth film on time without Snipes[[/note]]. Thus, Fox is rushing out ''X-Men'' films in rapid succession to keep the film rights away from Marvel, while Sony has decided to share the rights to ''Spider-Man'' with Marvel in hopes that they will be able to make more profits off the character than they did doing it alone; conversely, they both gave up entirely on Ghost Rider and Daredevil due to their box office weakness under their tenure[[note]]In a similar vein, Creator/LionsGate gave up on ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' after their ''third'' attempt at starting a franchise, ''Film/PunisherWarZone'', caused HypeBacklash among fans and flopped[[/note]]. The whole rights debacle is also the main reason why the ''Spider-Man'' movies [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan were rebooted]] [[note]]Sony wanted a new ''Spider-Man'' movie out the door as quickly as possible before the rights expired, but Creator/SamRaimi rejected the scripts he was presented and left, taking Creator/TobeyMaguire with him, forcing Sony to hastily start anew to prevent the lapsing, to extremely unfavorable reactions.[[/note]], and after the [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2 sequel]] somewhat flopped they struck the aforementioned deal with Marvel. As for the ''Fantastic Four'', Fox hoped to get it right [[Film/FantasticFour2015 a second time]] to justify keeping the rights away from Marvel, but it ended up receiving the worst reception of any Marvel superhero movie, making it highly likely Fox will give up on that as well.
** This has created a Catch-22: When Marvel does regain a new property, it's usually only because the property's reputation had been too badly tarnished by the previous studio to continue making sequels. After ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' did poor business at the box office (which many blamed on the [[Film/{{Hulk}} previous]] adaptation), Marvel decided not to rush out and try to integrate these properties right away, instead opting to focus on newer characters like ComicBook/BlackPanther, ComicBook/TheInhumans, and [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]]. This is why Daredevil was relegated to a Creator/{{Netflix}} [[Series/{{Daredevil2015}} TV show]] instead of a full-fledged movie reboot (which turned out to be for the better, as it was greatly acclaimed on release), and why it's unlikely we'll be seeing ''Blade'' or ''The Punisher'' reboots anytime soon (The Punisher, however, is a major character in ''[[Series/{{Daredevil2015}} Daredevil's]]'' second season, and eventually [[Series/ThePunisher [[Series/ThePunisher2017 got his own show greenlit]].):



* If rumors are to be believed, the sequel to ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' could have cameos of ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' characters written out as the hedgehog's film rights are with Sony, and Disney is apparently unwilling to pay additional legal fees to secure their likenesses.
** However, this trope was ''not'' the reason Mario was excluded from the first ''Wreck-it Ralph.'' WordOfGod says that Nintendo was all for them including Mario, but that the writers couldn't find a way to incorporate him that didn't end up turning the film into essentially a full-blown Mario adaptation.

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* If rumors are to be believed, the sequel to ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' could have cameos of ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' characters written out as the hedgehog's film rights are with Sony, and Disney is apparently unwilling to pay additional legal fees to secure their likenesses.
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likenesses. However, this trope was ''not'' the reason Mario was excluded from the first ''Wreck-it Ralph.'' WordOfGod says that Nintendo was all for them including Mario, but that the writers couldn't find a way to incorporate him that didn't end up turning the film into essentially a full-blown Mario adaptation.



** ''Film/{{Casino Royale|2006}}'' and ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' introduced a SPECTRE {{expy}} named Quantum. And then, shockingly, the legal issues were resolved in 2013. This led to James Bond fighting SPECTRE once again in the 2015 film... ''Film/{{Spectre}}''. Quantum being a SPECTRE expy did not go uncommented in ''Spectre'', where they were retconned into an division of SPECTRE.

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** ''Film/{{Casino Royale|2006}}'' and ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' introduced a SPECTRE {{expy}} named Quantum. And then, shockingly, the legal issues were resolved in 2013. This led to James Bond fighting SPECTRE once again in the 2015 film... ''Film/{{Spectre}}''. Quantum being a SPECTRE expy did not go uncommented in ''Spectre'', where they were retconned into an a division of SPECTRE.



* If [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] is to be believed, this has also happened to Music/MichaelJackson's Film/{{Moonwalker}}[[note]]His only other major film appearance following his role as the Scarecrow in Film/TheWiz (Film/ThisIsIt doesn't count)[[/note]] because of "specific music and film licensing" for any North American DVD or Blu-Ray release (the U.K. region free Blu-Ray release notwithstanding).

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* If [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] is to be believed, this has also happened to Music/MichaelJackson's Film/{{Moonwalker}}[[note]]His only other major film appearance following his role as the Scarecrow in Film/TheWiz ''Film/TheWiz'' (Film/ThisIsIt doesn't count)[[/note]] because of "specific music and film licensing" for any North American DVD or Blu-Ray release (the U.K. region free Blu-Ray release notwithstanding).



* Drum Corps International pulled several pre-2000 finals performances from its Fan Network due to copyright issues involving composers of works performed during those shows. Affected composers include LeonardBernstein, Chick Corea, Ottorino Respighi, AndrewLloydWebber, and JohnWilliams. A few months later, DCI pulled the plug on the Fan Network altogether.

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* Drum Corps International pulled several pre-2000 finals performances from its Fan Network due to copyright issues involving composers of works performed during those shows. Affected composers include LeonardBernstein, Music/LeonardBernstein, Chick Corea, Ottorino Respighi, AndrewLloydWebber, Creator/AndrewLloydWebber, and JohnWilliams.Music/JohnWilliams. A few months later, DCI pulled the plug on the Fan Network altogether.



* Ay, yi, yi, the screwing Creator/MarvelComics is giving to just about every company nowadays. Website Bleeding Cool has been [[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/05/26/marvel-withdraws-x-men-and-fantastic-four-license-from-xm-studios-in-mid-sculpt/ chronicling various companies who have been forced to stop]] doing ''anything'' related to the Franchise/XMen and the ComicBook/FantasticFour. This has gone so far as to have t-shirts that boasted covers of ''ComicBook/SecretWars'' having characters replaced and edited out. The big rumor towards this is that Marvel and Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox are in a spat because Fox refuses to give back the rights to their movies (there's even more rumors that this is because of Disney buying out Lucasfilm, thus screwing them out of ''Franchise/StarWars''. It's really petty.)

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* Ay, yi, yi, the screwing Creator/MarvelComics is giving to just about every company nowadays. Website Bleeding Cool has been [[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/05/26/marvel-withdraws-x-men-and-fantastic-four-license-from-xm-studios-in-mid-sculpt/ chronicling various companies who have been forced to stop]] doing ''anything'' related to the Franchise/XMen and the ComicBook/FantasticFour. This has gone so far as to have t-shirts that boasted covers of ''ComicBook/SecretWars'' having characters replaced and edited out. The big rumor towards this is that Marvel and Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox are in a spat because Fox refuses to give back the rights to their movies (there's even more rumors that this is because of Disney buying out Lucasfilm, Creator/{{Lucasfilm}}, thus screwing them out of ''Franchise/StarWars''. It's really petty.)



* When ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' first debuted, it made liberal use of 'Mech designs licensed from various Japanese animes. Problem was that they weren't ''properly'' licensed, and Harmony Gold, the American distributor and owner of these designs, took issue with the 'Mechs. They are now called the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Unseen]]. In summer of 2015, Catalyst Gaming Labs, the company that produces BattleTech, announced that after years of trying to resecure the rights to the Unseen images, they had instead decided to retcon their appearance using new, created-by-Catalyst artwork that was similar to their original appearances while being just different enough to keep the lawyers happy.
** Even worse, there is, officially no first edition of ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' at all. TheThe first edition was actually a game called "Battle''Droids''". The word "droid" is a registered trademark of [[Franchise/StarWars LucasFilm]]. Depending on who you talk to, either Lucas' lawyers sent a letter to FASA, or FASA voluntarily decided to change the name to curry favor with LucasFilm as groundwork for (ultimately unsuccessful) negotiations to do a ''Star Wars'' RPG. Either way, FASA took the opportunity to refine the game while renaming it.

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* When ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' first debuted, it made liberal use of 'Mech designs licensed from various Japanese animes. Problem was that they weren't ''properly'' licensed, and Harmony Gold, the American distributor and owner of these designs, took issue with the 'Mechs. They are now called the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Unseen]]. In summer of 2015, Catalyst Gaming Labs, the company that produces BattleTech, [=BattleTech=], announced that after years of trying to resecure the rights to the Unseen images, they had instead decided to retcon their appearance using new, created-by-Catalyst artwork that was similar to their original appearances while being just different enough to keep the lawyers happy.
** Even worse, there is, officially no first edition of ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' at all. TheThe first edition was actually a game called "Battle''Droids''". The word "droid" is a registered trademark of [[Franchise/StarWars LucasFilm]]. Lucasfilm]]. Depending on who you talk to, either Lucas' lawyers sent a letter to FASA, or FASA voluntarily decided to change the name to curry favor with LucasFilm Lucasfilm as groundwork for (ultimately unsuccessful) negotiations to do a ''Star Wars'' RPG. Either way, FASA took the opportunity to refine the game while renaming it.



* Scholastic, the #1 publishing company, did not see a major re-release of its' ''WesternAnimation/MagicSchoolBus'' video game (for UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis) on UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} due to Creator/{{Nintendo}} not getting a Virtual Console edition at all.

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* Scholastic, the #1 publishing company, did not see a major re-release of its' ''WesternAnimation/MagicSchoolBus'' ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' video game (for UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis) on UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} due to Creator/{{Nintendo}} not getting a Virtual Console edition at all.



* The NGOSuperpower SPECTRE from the ''Franchise/JamesBond'' franchise had to be renamed OCTOPUS in ''VideoGame/DoubleOhSevenFromRussiaWithLove'' due to a legal dispute between [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]]/[[Creator/UnitedArtists UA]] and screenwriter Creator/KevinMcClory's estate over the film rights to ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}''. See the Film section for more details.

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* The NGOSuperpower SPECTRE from the ''Franchise/JamesBond'' franchise had to be renamed OCTOPUS in ''VideoGame/DoubleOhSevenFromRussiaWithLove'' due to a legal dispute between [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]]/[[Creator/UnitedArtists UA]] and screenwriter Creator/KevinMcClory's Kevin [=McClory=]'s estate over the film rights to ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}''. See the Film section for more details.



* When ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD'' was released for iOS, Android, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3, it came with both Japanese/European and American music. However, the Japanese themes, ''You Can Do Anything'' and ''Cosmic Eternity - Believe In Yourself'', had its lyrics removed. This is rumored to be due the estate of the late Casey Rankin being unable to allow them to use his contribution to the song.

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* When ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD'' was released for iOS, Android, Xbox 360, and Playstation [=PlayStation=] 3, it came with both Japanese/European and American music. However, the Japanese themes, ''You Can Do Anything'' and ''Cosmic Eternity - Believe In Yourself'', had its lyrics removed. This is rumored to be due the estate of the late Casey Rankin being unable to allow them to use his contribution to the song.



* Because Fuji Television holds the rights to ''VideoGame/DokiDokiPanic'', it could be a long time before we see the game on Wii U or 3DS Virtual Console. Although the characters were replaced with Mario characters on ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''.

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* Because Fuji Television holds the rights to ''VideoGame/DokiDokiPanic'', it could be a long time before we see the game on Wii U or 3DS Virtual Console. Although the characters were replaced with Mario characters on in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''.



* On the subject of ''Donkey Kong'', it's widely speculated (though never outright confirmed) that this is the reason it took so long for ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' to see a Virtual Console release, as it featured Creator/{{Rareware}}'s ''VideoGame/{{Jetpac}}'' arcade as an EmbeddedPrecursor. The rights to the Donkey Kong characters are owned by Nintendo, but ''Jetpac'' is owned by Microsoft. Simply [[DummiedOut dummying it out]] wasn't an option either, since it must be played through to obtain a collectible item that is required to complete the game. Apparently a was finally struck between both parties, as the game was released for the Wii U Virtual Console in April 2015, retaining everything from the original release.
** Strangely enough, ''Donkey Kong 64'' ''also'' had the original ''Donkey Kong'' featured in the game as an Embedded Precursor as well--and contrary to what one might expect, this version of the game was the aforementioned ''arcade'' version, rather than the NES version published by Nintendo themselves. And just like ''Jetpac'', ''Donkey Kong'' also had to be played through in order to collect an item integral towards beating the game proper, nixing the notion of dummying that game out as well. If both games were the main stumbling block to the game's release, then it's honestly a miracle the game saw the light of day again, considering that Nintendo seemingly had to clear ''two separate copyright issues'' in order to secure a Virtual Console re-release.

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* On the subject of ''Donkey Kong'', it's widely speculated (though never outright confirmed) that this is the reason it took so long for ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' to see a Virtual Console release, as it featured Creator/{{Rareware}}'s Creator/{{Rare}}ware's ''VideoGame/{{Jetpac}}'' arcade as an EmbeddedPrecursor. The rights to the Donkey Kong characters are owned by Nintendo, but ''Jetpac'' is owned by Microsoft. Simply [[DummiedOut dummying it out]] wasn't an option either, since it must be played through to obtain a collectible item that is required to complete the game. Apparently a deal was finally struck between both parties, as the game was released for the Wii U Virtual Console in April 2015, retaining everything from the original release.
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Strangely enough, ''Donkey Kong 64'' ''also'' had the original ''Donkey Kong'' featured in the game as an Embedded Precursor as well--and contrary to what one might expect, this version of the game was the aforementioned ''arcade'' version, rather than the NES version published by Nintendo themselves. And just like ''Jetpac'', ''Donkey Kong'' also had to be played through in order to collect an item integral towards beating the game proper, nixing the notion of dummying that game out as well. If both games were the main stumbling block to the game's release, then it's honestly a miracle the game saw the light of day again, considering that Nintendo seemingly had to clear ''two separate copyright issues'' in order to secure a Virtual Console re-release.



** Creator/{{Atari}} sued to block the PC, Playstation 4 and Android versions of [=TxK=], claiming that the game infringes on ''VideoGame/{{Tempest}}''. Jeff Minter, the creator of the game, also created ''Tempest 2000''. The decision has [[{{understatement}} not been particularly well-received]] in the video game community. Atari is also trying to get the game removed from the [=PlayStation=] Store and make Mintner sign an agreement that he won't make a ''Tempest''-inspired game again.

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** Creator/{{Atari}} sued to block the PC, Playstation [=PlayStation=] 4 and Android versions of [=TxK=], claiming that the game infringes on ''VideoGame/{{Tempest}}''. Jeff Minter, the creator of the game, also created ''Tempest 2000''. The decision has [[{{understatement}} not been particularly well-received]] in the video game community. Atari is also trying to get the game removed from the [=PlayStation=] Store and make Mintner sign an agreement that he won't make a ''Tempest''-inspired game again.



* A few videos from Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses were removed after direct threats by the rights holders: WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob's review of ''Film/{{Grizzly}} II'' (helps that the movie is unfinished), the ''WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh'' episode on Crispin Glover's ''What Is It'', and the only ones that got restored were the WebVideo/ObscurusLupa and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic reviews of ''Film/TheRoom'' (Creator/DougWalker even retaliated by doing [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/26252-the-tommy-wiseau-show this]]).

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* A few videos from Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses were removed after direct threats by the rights holders: WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob's review of ''Film/{{Grizzly}} II'' (helps that the movie is unfinished), the ''WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh'' episode on Crispin Glover's ''What Is It'', and the only ones that got restored were the WebVideo/ObscurusLupa [[Creator/AllisonPregler Obscurus Lupa]] and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic reviews of ''Film/TheRoom'' (Creator/DougWalker even retaliated by doing [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/26252-the-tommy-wiseau-show [[http://channelawesome.com/the-tommy-wiseau-show/ this]]).



* Disney later repeated the above method with ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' on Creator/CartoonNetwork after acquiring Lucasfilm. Thankfully, episodes produced at the time of cancellation later aired on Netflix. Meanwhile, a four-episode arc with unfinished animation was posted to the official ''Star Wars'' website for free, another arc called "Bad Batch" was screened at a Star Wars Celebration in 2015, and episodes that didn't make it past the writing stage were adapted to a four-issue comic miniseries starring Darth Maul and a novel called ''Literature/DarkDisciple''.

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* Disney later repeated the above method with ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' on Creator/CartoonNetwork after acquiring Lucasfilm.Creator/{{Lucasfilm}}. Thankfully, episodes produced at the time of cancellation later aired on Netflix. Meanwhile, a four-episode arc with unfinished animation was posted to the official ''Star Wars'' website for free, another arc called "Bad Batch" was screened at a Star Wars Celebration in 2015, and episodes that didn't make it past the writing stage were adapted to a four-issue comic miniseries starring Darth Maul and a novel called ''Literature/DarkDisciple''.



* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' is now available on DVD without many of the music video commentary segments due to not being able to license that amount of music. Arguably, those segments were half the reason why the show was entertaining. Even the segments that were made available for the DVD releases (on separate discs from the episodes themselves) aren't available online.
** Creator/MikeJudge wouldn't let a third of the series be released since he was [[OldShame embarrassed by it]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' is now available on DVD without many of the music video commentary segments due to not being able to license that amount of music. Arguably, those segments were half the reason why the show was entertaining. Even the segments that were made available for the DVD releases (on separate discs from the episodes themselves) aren't available online.
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online. Creator/MikeJudge wouldn't let a third of the series be released since he was [[OldShame embarrassed by it]].



* Prior to the early 2010s, there was a contractual requirement that neither Franchise/WonderWoman nor any of her supporting characters could appear in any video production in which she was not one of the main characters. This prevented her from appearing in the Franchise/{{DCAU}} until ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', and Wonder Girl was out of both ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' and the first season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''.
** At one point, this was so bad that she couldn't appear in other shows in the DCAU, including crossovers with ''Justice League''. Thus, she was the only Justice League founding member to never appear on ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''.

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* Prior to the early 2010s, there was a contractual requirement that neither Franchise/WonderWoman nor any of her supporting characters could appear in any video production in which she was not one of the main characters. This prevented her from appearing in the Franchise/{{DCAU}} until ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', and Wonder Girl was out of both ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' and the first season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''.
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''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. At one point, this was so bad that she couldn't appear in other shows in the DCAU, including crossovers with ''Justice League''. Thus, she was the only Justice League founding member to never appear on ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''.



* When Creator/{{Nintendo}} licensed the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' [[WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow for]] [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3 animated]] [[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld television]], they included a contractual requirement that Bowser be referred to only as "King Koopa". This also applied to other media, including [[Film/SuperMarioBros the]] LiveActionAdaptation [[Film/SuperMarioBros movie]]. One can only wonder if this obligation carries on to Sony Pictures' rumored AnimatedAdaptation in the works. By ''The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3'', the requirement was softened enough to allow his full name "Bowser Koopa" to be used, though not "Bowser" alone.

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* When Creator/{{Nintendo}} licensed the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' [[WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow [[Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow for]] [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3 animated]] [[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld television]], they included a contractual requirement that Bowser be referred to only as "King Koopa". This also applied to other media, including [[Film/SuperMarioBros the]] LiveActionAdaptation [[Film/SuperMarioBros movie]]. One can only wonder if this obligation carries on to Sony Pictures' rumored AnimatedAdaptation in the works. By ''The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3'', the requirement was softened enough to allow his full name "Bowser Koopa" to be used, though not "Bowser" alone.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyDooMovies'' DVD set was missing 8 of the 24 episodes either because Warner Home Video couldn't get clearances from those episodes' guest stars (Phyllis Diller, Jerry Reid) or couldn't afford to pay an extra license to use crossover characters (Addams Family, Josie and the Pussycats).

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyDooMovies'' DVD set was missing 8 of the 24 episodes either because Warner Home Video couldn't get clearances from those episodes' guest stars (Phyllis Diller, Jerry Reid) or couldn't afford to pay an extra license to use crossover characters (Addams Family, Josie and the Pussycats).WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats).



* This is believed to be the reason why [[Franchise/{{Barbie}} Barbie and Ken]] aren't in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStoryOfTerror'' or ''WesternAnimation/ToyStoryThatTimeForgot'' and why they it's unlikely they'll appear in ''Toy Story 4''. After the release of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', the rights to produce ''Barbie'' theatrical films were acquired by Sony and so Disney and Pixar [[ExiledFromContinuity can't use the characters]] for the time being.

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* This is believed to be the reason why [[Franchise/{{Barbie}} Barbie and Ken]] aren't in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStoryOfTerror'' or ''WesternAnimation/ToyStoryThatTimeForgot'' and why they it's unlikely they'll appear in ''Toy Story 4''. After the release of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', the rights to produce ''Barbie'' theatrical films were acquired by Sony and so Disney and Pixar [[ExiledFromContinuity can't use the characters]] for the time being.
27th Mar '17 10:14:38 AM rjd1922
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** The Pokemon TV series is an odd duck in the states. Because of the various ChannelHopping caused by the series' meteoric rise to fame -- from syndication to KidsWB to Cartoon Network - various portions of the anime can only be seen streaming-wise on different programs. For instance, Netflix only has the first 40 syndicated episodes and ''X and Y'' while Hulu has Advanced Generation and Diamond and Pearl.
* When the ''LightNovel/SuzumiyaHaruhi'' anime's first season was finally licensed in North America, it came with a massive viral marketing campaign that often reached out to fans, and one of the things Bandai Entertainment did with that was regularly promoting fanworks. However, this was at the exact same time that Kadokawa in Japan was sending out wave after wave of copyright claims on Haruhi videos. An effort to try and clamp down on full-episode uploads ended up making it so that the [=AMVs=], cosplay videos, and fan performances of things like the ending theme dance that the North American licensors were actively promoting were quickly shut down by the original copyright holders in Japan.

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** The Pokemon TV series is an odd duck in the states. Because of the various ChannelHopping caused by the series' meteoric rise to fame -- from syndication to KidsWB Creator/KidsWB to Cartoon Network - various portions of the anime can only be seen streaming-wise on different programs. For instance, Netflix only has the first 40 syndicated episodes and ''X and Y'' while Hulu has Advanced Generation and Diamond and Pearl.
* When the ''LightNovel/SuzumiyaHaruhi'' ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' anime's first season was finally licensed in North America, it came with a massive viral marketing campaign that often reached out to fans, and one of the things Bandai Entertainment did with that was regularly promoting fanworks. However, this was at the exact same time that Kadokawa in Japan was sending out wave after wave of copyright claims on Haruhi videos. An effort to try and clamp down on full-episode uploads ended up making it so that the [=AMVs=], cosplay videos, and fan performances of things like the ending theme dance that the North American licensors were actively promoting were quickly shut down by the original copyright holders in Japan.
18th Mar '17 12:10:34 PM gjjones
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* After Creator/RobinWilliams's death, Disney began arranging plans for a live-action Genie prequel as an origin story, but it got locked away thanks to a clause in Robin Williams's will. His estate informed the company the clause bars any further usage of voice recordings and likenesses that had not been already made available to the public for 25 years after his death, meaning Disney cannot move forward with using Williams's likeness until August 11, 2039. Disney also had plans to make a third sequel with unused Robin Williams recordings, but it ended up being scrapped for the same reason.

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* After Creator/RobinWilliams's death, Disney began arranging plans for a live-action Genie prequel as an origin story, story to ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', but it got locked away thanks to a clause in Robin Williams's will. His estate informed the company the clause bars any further usage of voice recordings and likenesses that had not been already made available to the public for 25 years after his death, meaning Disney cannot move forward with using Williams's likeness until August 11, 2039. Disney also had plans to make a third sequel with unused Robin Williams recordings, but it ended up being scrapped for the same reason.
18th Mar '17 11:42:04 AM MightyKombat
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* ''WebAnimation/ButtonsAdventures'', another victim of Hasbro since it was based on a background character from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' show. However, some assume it's less Button who was the problem but the usage of Sweetie Belle, who is a major character from the series.
** Actually, Hasbro later confirmed on this that it was a third-party lawyer who had the series taken down, that they had no problem with any of the MLP characters used in fan properties that didn't damage the integrity (something that Buttons Adventures most certainly didn't) and not only had the persons responsible since been fired, but talks ''were'' in order with [=JanAnimations=] (the creator) for a form of compensation.....[[http://ask-thecrusaders.tumblr.com/post/117841628509/so-how-can-we-got-to-wait-till-august-for-you-to but the talks didn't seem to work out]].

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* ''WebAnimation/ButtonsAdventures'', another victim In one particularly eponymous case, ''WebAnimation/ButtonsAdventures'' was taken down by a third party lawyer supposedly on behalf of Hasbro since it was based on a background character from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' show. However, some assume it's less Button who was the problem but the usage of Sweetie Belle, who is a major character from the series.
** Actually, Hasbro later confirmed on this that it was a third-party lawyer who had the series taken down,
despite that they had no problem with any of the MLP characters used in fan properties that didn't damage the integrity (something that Buttons Adventures most certainly didn't) and not didn't.) Not only had the persons responsible since been fired, but talks ''were'' in order with [=JanAnimations=] (the creator) for a form of compensation.....[[http://ask-thecrusaders.tumblr.com/post/117841628509/so-how-can-we-got-to-wait-till-august-for-you-to but the talks didn't seem to work out]].
10th Mar '17 9:39:33 PM jormis29
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* In the 1970s, Tactical Studies Rules Inc. narrowly avoided a lawsuit from Chaosium when they tried to incorporate the Franchise/CthulhuMythos into the nascent ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Chaosium, who had been sold the right to produce Lovecraft-related board games by copyright holder Arkham House, stipulated that TSR could keep the content if they credited Chaosium's "Call of Cthulhu" series. TSR backed down and [[WhatCouldHaveBeen removed the content instead]].

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* In the 1970s, Tactical Studies Rules Inc. Creator/{{TSR}} narrowly avoided a lawsuit from Chaosium from Creator/{{Chaosium}} when they tried to incorporate the Franchise/CthulhuMythos into the nascent ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Chaosium, who had been sold the right to produce Lovecraft-related board games by copyright holder Arkham House, stipulated that TSR could keep the content if they credited Chaosium's "Call of Cthulhu" series. TSR backed down and [[WhatCouldHaveBeen removed the content instead]].
10th Mar '17 7:15:53 PM rjd1922
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* Creator/FUNimation was forced to rename their release of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' by Creator/TMSEntertainment because they (the licensors) were afraid of a lawsuit by the estate of Creator/RobertEHoward over the trademark of "Conan". Moreover, the name changes (which include the show being renamed "Case Closed") were even forced on Viz by TMS, making it one of the rare examples of a {{Macekre}} that actually wasn't the English production company's fault. Viz's English release of the manga was also affected as a result.

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* Creator/FUNimation was forced to rename their release of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' by Creator/TMSEntertainment because they (the licensors) were afraid of a lawsuit by the estate of Creator/RobertEHoward over the trademark of "Conan". Moreover, the name changes (which include the show being renamed "Case Closed") were even forced on Viz by TMS, making it one of the rare examples of a {{Macekre}} MarketBasedTitle that actually wasn't the English production company's fault.decision. Viz's English release of the manga was also affected as a result.



* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' introduced Geno, a doll given life that can kick ass with his weapons and magic. Because the character was created under Squaresoft's thumb at the time (now known as Square-Enix), the Geno character belongs to them instead of Nintendo, which also means that Geno's appearance of appearing in a future Nintendo game is practically nonexistent. However, Geno did appear as a cameo in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' (the credits explicitly attributing his ownership to Square-Enix) and a Mii outfit in the Wii U and 3DS version of ''Franchise/SuperSmashBros'' is based on Geno's design. [[note]]The latter was released alongside [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud's]] introduction to ''Smash Bros.'', implying Geno's Mii costume was just part of the collaboration; after all, every other Mii costume based on an existing character was from Creator/{{Capcom}}, Creator/{{Sega}} or Creator/BandaiNamco, who have playable characters in the game since Day 1.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'' was remade by a single fan, [[DevelopmentHell taking over 8 years to finish]] and released on August 7th, 2016. Not even a day later, Nintendo's lawyers issued a DMCA, causing all links to the download to be yanked offline. Similar to the ''Streets of Rage'' fan remake take down, many people speculated that Nintendo didn't want the game to interfere with the release of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeFederationForce''. Fans that were angry at Nintendo's actions vowed to boycott ''Federation Force'' in protest.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' introduced Geno, a doll given life that can kick ass with his weapons and magic. Because the character was created under Squaresoft's thumb at the time (now known as Square-Enix), the Geno character belongs to them instead of Nintendo, which also means that Geno's appearance of appearing in a future Nintendo game is practically nonexistent. However, Geno did appear as a cameo in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' (the credits explicitly attributing his ownership to Square-Enix) and a Mii outfit in the Wii U and 3DS version of ''Franchise/SuperSmashBros'' is based on Geno's design. [[note]]The latter was released alongside [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud's]] introduction to ''Smash Bros.'', implying Geno's Mii costume was just part of the collaboration; after all, every other Mii costume based on an existing character was from Creator/{{Capcom}}, Creator/{{Sega}} or Creator/BandaiNamco, Creator/{{Bandai Namco|Entertainment}}, who have playable characters in the game since Day 1.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'' was remade by a single fan, [[DevelopmentHell taking over 8 years to finish]] and released on August 7th, 2016.2016 as ''VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake''. Not even a day later, Nintendo's lawyers issued a DMCA, causing all links to the download to be yanked offline. Similar to the ''Streets of Rage'' fan remake take down, many people speculated that Nintendo didn't want the game to interfere with the release of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeFederationForce''. Fans that were angry at Nintendo's actions vowed to boycott ''Federation Force'' in protest.
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