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24th Jun '16 5:36:15 PM StarSword
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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fan-film ''Film/{{Damnatus}}'' originally had Games Workshop's full support, but during post production, problems with intellectual property rights arose due to differences between British and German copyright law.[[note]]Long story short if Games Workshop did not defend their copyright (not trademark- copyright) once they knew about the infringement, they would forfeit all claim to the copyright. This would be a death sentence for them, as it's their major product. In addition, a separate law stipulates the only way to transfer a copyright in Germany is through inheritance. Because a fan studio made the film, Games Workshop was unable to fully acquire the rights, therefore preventing them from "defending" Warhammer 40000 that way.[[/note]] Thus, the movie was banned from official release. However, someone leaked the movie, so it can be seen. Thus, it was the ''lawyers'' that got screwed. The leak was also a case of ExactWords. They were told that they didn't have to delete the copy on their servers but couldn't release it. They agreed and didn't put any security on their servers to prevent hacking. ''Damnatus'' later got hit with this again when the leaked video's hosting site, [=MegaUpload=], became the victim of a [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil DMCA takedown]].

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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fan-film ''Film/{{Damnatus}}'' originally had Games Workshop's full support, but during post production, problems with intellectual property rights arose due to differences between British and German copyright law.[[note]]Long story short if Games Workshop did not defend their copyright (not trademark- copyright) once they knew about the infringement, they would forfeit all claim to the copyright. This would be a death sentence for them, as it's their major product. In addition, a separate law stipulates the only way to transfer a copyright in Germany is through inheritance. Because a fan studio made the film, Games Workshop was unable to fully acquire the rights, therefore preventing them from "defending" Warhammer 40000 that way.[[/note]] Thus, the movie was banned from official release. However, someone leaked the movie, so it can be seen. Thus, it team was the ''lawyers'' that got screwed. The leak was also a case of ExactWords. They were told that they didn't have to delete the copy on their servers but couldn't release it. They agreed and didn't put any security on their servers to prevent hacking. ''Damnatus'' later got hit with this again when hacking; the film quickly leaked video's hosting site, [=MegaUpload=], became the victim of a [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil DMCA takedown]].and can now be found on Website/YouTube among numerous sites.
23rd Jun '16 3:25:36 PM Blazer
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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fan movie ''Star Trek: Axanar'', the continuation of ''WebVideo/PreludeToAxanar'' was hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit from Creator/{{Paramount}} after [[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxWHYHfCkIj2dFA3QlZaRFdLeDQ/view?pref=2&pli=1 their 2015 yearly report]] showed producer Alec Peters paying himself a $38,000 salary and funding a separate movie studio from donations to the project.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fan movie ''Star Trek: Axanar'', the continuation of ''WebVideo/PreludeToAxanar'' was hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit from Creator/{{Paramount}} after [[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxWHYHfCkIj2dFA3QlZaRFdLeDQ/view?pref=2&pli=1 their 2015 yearly report]] showed producer Alec Peters paying himself a $38,000 salary and funding a separate movie studio from donations to the project. Ultimately, CBS and Paramount set up a set of rules for fan works to prevent this sort of thing from happening again.
12th Jun '16 11:48:06 AM Steven
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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'' and a Mii outfit in the Wii U and 3DS version of ''Franchise/SuperSmashBros'' is based on Geno's design.
11th Jun '16 11:27:27 AM timotaka
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** In 2014 Night Dive Studios attempted to sort out the rights mess and get the game re-released. They contacted Activision, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. all (the last one currently owns Monolith). The response from all three was basically "We're not sure about the rights, and we don't think it's worth the expense of digging through our paper archives to make sure, but if you try to do anything with the property, we'll sue."
7th Jun '16 3:06:18 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** In an apparent effort to partly apologize for this mess, the official Blu-Ray release of ''Anime/MacrossDelta'' will have English subs.

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** In an apparent effort to partly apologize for this mess, the official Blu-Ray Blu-ray release of ''Anime/MacrossDelta'' will have English subs.
7th Jun '16 3:05:35 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** In an apparent effort to partly apologize for this mess, the official Blu-Ray release of ''Anime/MacrossDelta'' will have English subs.
7th Jun '16 3:04:21 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The spectacular legal pileup on both sides of the Pacific Ocean between multiple rightsholders in the Macross franchise has ensured that precious little of the franchise [[NoExportForYou can ever be released in the United States]]:

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* The spectacular legal pileup on both sides of the Pacific Ocean between multiple rightsholders in the Macross ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise has ensured that precious little of the franchise [[NoExportForYou can ever be released in the United States]]:



** The only reason, apparently, that ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' and ''Macross II'' were released and still enjoy widespread release in the US is that they came out at a time in which HG was "not minding the store", according to rumors that they were weakened after a head-hunting raid by [[Creator/SabanEntertainment Haim Saban]]. And that the Japanese side of the pileup [[SendingStuffToSaveTheShow was actually listening to the fans and the rest of the industry]].

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** The only reason, apparently, that ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' and ''Macross II'' ''Anime/MacrossII'' were released and still enjoy widespread release in the US is that they came out at a time in which HG was "not minding the store", according to rumors that they were weakened after a head-hunting raid by [[Creator/SabanEntertainment Haim Saban]]. And that the Japanese side of the pileup [[SendingStuffToSaveTheShow was actually listening to the fans and the rest of the industry]].



** It's still a minor miracle that the original series attained a US release, first through [=AnimEigo=] and then through [=ADV=].
** The big one, though, is ''[[TheMovie Macross: Do You Remember Love]]''. This is considered one of the holy grails of old-school anime fandom. However, numerous companies -- the usual names in the conflict, such as Big West, Studio Nue, Creator/TatsunokoProduction and Harmony Gold, as well as other companies such as Shogakukan, Japan Victor Musical Industries, and even ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' studio Toho -- are all squabbling, making a veritable legal GambitPileup, one so intractable that some names in the anime industry think we'll see [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a cure for cancer, world peace and the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series]] before DYRL is legally released again outside Japan.
*** Unlike ''7'', ''Zero'', and ''Frontier'', though, ''DYRL'' was released on VHS in the US and the UK during the mid-1990s. The US got a heavily-cut version titled ''Clash of the Bionoids'' (released by Celebrity Home Entertainment), and also a version with fewer cuts or no cuts titled ''Superdimensional Fortress Macross'' (released by Best Film and Video), both of which had an English dub commissioned by Toho, which was similar to [[HongKongDub the dubs for Toho's Godzilla movies]]. In the UK, Kiseki Films released a version with the dub and a subtitled version[[note]]this is the version which has the infamous mistranslated line "My engine blocks are angry at me"[[/note]], both uncut. Now that DYRL has been released on UsefulNotes/BluRay, the unavaliability-to-those-without-a-region-2-player issue has been solved, but there is still [[CrackIsCheaper another trope]] very much in play.

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** It's still a minor miracle that the original series ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' attained a US release, first through [=AnimEigo=] and then through [=ADV=].
** The big one, though, is ''[[TheMovie Macross: Do You Remember Love]]''. ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'' This is considered one of the holy grails of old-school anime fandom. However, numerous companies -- the usual names in the conflict, such as Big West, Studio Nue, Creator/StudioNue, Creator/TatsunokoProduction and Harmony Gold, as well as other companies such as Shogakukan, Japan Victor Musical Industries, and even ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' studio Toho -- are all squabbling, making a veritable legal GambitPileup, one so intractable that some names in the anime industry think we'll see [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a cure for cancer, world peace and the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series]] before DYRL ''DYRL?'' is legally released again outside Japan.
*** Unlike ''7'', ''Zero'', and ''Frontier'', though, ''DYRL'' ''DYRL?'' was released on VHS in the US and the UK during the mid-1990s. The US got a heavily-cut version titled ''Clash of the Bionoids'' (released by Celebrity Home Entertainment), and also a version with fewer cuts or no cuts titled ''Superdimensional Fortress Macross'' (released by Best Film and Video), both of which had an English dub commissioned by Toho, which was similar to [[HongKongDub the dubs for Toho's Godzilla movies]]. In the UK, Kiseki Films released a version with the dub and a subtitled version[[note]]this is the version which has the infamous mistranslated line "My engine blocks are angry at me"[[/note]], both uncut. Now that DYRL ''DYRL?'' has been released on UsefulNotes/BluRay, the unavaliability-to-those-without-a-region-2-player issue has been solved, but there is still [[CrackIsCheaper another trope]] very much in play.
7th Jun '16 2:47:36 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"... grab some food, this is gonna take a while. Initially, Thicke and co-writers/co-performers Pharrell Williams and Clifford "T.I." Harris sued the family of the late singer-songwriter Creator/MarvinGaye for alleging that "Blurred Lines" had infringed on the copyright of "Got to Give It Up." Thicke and Williams both claimed to the public that while the song was indeed an influence in writing "Blurred Lines," it did not copy the song outright and that it only replicated the groove and feel of it.\\

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* Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"... grab some food, this is gonna take a while. Initially, Thicke and co-writers/co-performers Pharrell Williams and Clifford "T.I." Harris sued the family of the late singer-songwriter Creator/MarvinGaye Music/MarvinGaye for alleging that "Blurred Lines" had infringed on the copyright of "Got to Give It Up." Thicke and Williams both claimed to the public that while the song was indeed an influence in writing "Blurred Lines," it did not copy the song outright and that it only replicated the groove and feel of it.\\
7th Jun '16 2:26:30 AM dmeagher13
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** Similarly, legal disputes over the music in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog3'' (possibly involving music that ''Music/MichaelJackson'' may or may not have contributed) have prevented Sega from rereleasing it since 2011, meaning that it hasn't gotten a Retro Engine remake like ''Sonic 1, Sonic 2,'' and ''Sonic CD'' got.
5th Jun '16 4:58:42 PM LinTaylor
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* Western releases of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' suffer from a lesser version of this trope: The series is [[ReferenceOverdosed packed]] with references to famous songs and musicians, but in order to avoid legal repercussions many of them have to be changed. However, the localization crew usually tries to preserve the references obliquely; Josuke Higashikata's [[FightingSpirit Stand]] goes from [[Music/PinkFloyd Crazy Diamond]] to "Shining Diamond", and a minor character from Part 3, Captain Tennille, was renamed "Captain Dragon" (the Captain's real name was Daryl Dragon).
** ''[=JoJo=]'' Creator Hirohiko Araki even suggested some of the alternate names himself, such as the villain J. Geil being named "Centerfold" after one of Music/TheJGeilsBand's albums.
** Averted with the ending themes; the fact that Warner Music is one of the companies that funded the anime means they can license music from the Warner label, including Music/{{Yes}}'s "Roundabout" and Music/TheBangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian".
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