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23rd Aug '16 4:44:57 PM Mario1995
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* Universal themselves got into a similar situation after acquiring Creator/DreamWorksAnimation in April 2016. While they are free to use [=DreamWorks=]' main franchises in all three of their American resorts, as well as their Japan and Singapore parks, Universal can't use them in countries where [=DreamWorks=] had licensed them to other park operators prior to the acquisition, including Australia, Russia, Dubai and China, where other companies have the licenses[[note]]On a side note, ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' nearly got stuck into this limbo in America since Ride/SeaWorld initially had the rights to the characters, but they let the license for those characters lapse months before Universal took over [=DreamWorks=][[/note]]. Similarly, the 1964 [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin/Bass]] likeness of WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer, whose special is now owned by Universal through [=DreamWorks=], was licensed out to Ride/SeaWorld by [=DreamWorks=] in November 2015, a few months before Universal purchased the studio, so don't expect him to appear in the American parks anytime soon (though he ''might'' be allowed in the Japan and Singapore parks, if Universal is willing to pay royalties to The Rudolph Company).

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* Universal themselves got into a similar situation after acquiring Creator/DreamWorksAnimation in April 2016. While they are free to use [=DreamWorks=]' main franchises in all three of their American resorts, as well as their Japan and Singapore parks, Universal can't use them in countries where [=DreamWorks=] had licensed them to other park operators prior to the acquisition, including Australia, Russia, Dubai and China, where other companies have the licenses[[note]]On a side note, ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' nearly got stuck into this limbo in America since Ride/SeaWorld initially had the rights to the characters, but they let the license for those characters lapse months before Universal took over [=DreamWorks=][[/note]]. Similarly, the 1964 [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin/Bass]] likeness of WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer, whose special is now owned by Universal through [=DreamWorks=], was licensed out to Ride/SeaWorld by [=DreamWorks=] in November 2015, a few months before Universal purchased the studio, so don't expect him to appear in the Universal's American parks anytime soon (though he ''might'' be allowed in the Japan and Singapore parks, if Universal is willing to pay royalties to The Rudolph Company).
23rd Aug '16 4:44:06 PM Mario1995
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* Universal themselves got into a similar situation after acquiring Creator/DreamWorksAnimation in April 2016. While they are free to use [=DreamWorks=]' main franchises in all three of their American resorts, as well as their Japan and Singapore parks, Universal can't use them in countries where [=DreamWorks=] had licensed them to other park operators prior to the acquisition, including Australia, Russia, Dubai and China, where other companies have the licenses[[note]]On a side note, ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' nearly got stuck into this limbo in America since Ride/SeaWorld initially had the rights to the characters, but they let the license for those characters lapse months before Universal took over [=DreamWorks=][[/note]]. Similarly, the 1964 [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin/Bass]] likeness of WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer, whose special is now owned by Universal through [=DreamWorks=], was licensed out to Ride/SeaWorld by [=DreamWorks=] in November 2015, a few months before Universal purchased the studio, so don't expect him to appear in the American parks anytime soon (though he ''might'' be allowed in the Japan and Singapore parks, if Universal is willing to pay royalties to The Rudolph Company).
23rd Aug '16 12:00:04 PM SockstheCat2000
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* ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' will never come out on DVD or Blu-ray thanks to the great number of clips from other TV shows and movies used in the episodes.
18th Aug '16 9:09:40 AM dsneybuf
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* If TheOtherWiki 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 Theatre/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 TheOtherWiki 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 Theatre/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).
17th Aug '16 5:08:51 PM HeroicJay
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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.

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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. [[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 a company supplying playable characters.[[/note]]
15th Aug '16 8:39:43 PM Midna
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* ''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 DCMA, causing all links to the download to be yanked offline. Similar to the ''Sreets 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/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 DCMA, DMCA, causing all links to the download to be yanked offline. Similar to the ''Sreets 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.protest.
* The fan game ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Uranium'' was up for a day or two, receiving over 1.5 million downloads, before it was hit with a DMCA order. Its legitimacy wasn't verified as with ''[=AM2R=]'', but the development team decided to play it safe and removed the download links anyway. This didn't sting quite as much since, unlike ''Metroid'', ''Pokémon'' is still a healthy franchise, but it still came as a slap in the face after 9 years in development. (That the fan game is considerably DarkerAndEdgier than many of the main series titles and features human death within the first 30 minutes might have something to do with it.)
15th Aug '16 3:41:17 AM LondonKdS
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* ''ComicBook/{{Zenith}}'' cannot be reprinted because Creator/GrantMorrison claims that when Rebellion bought the rights to ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' from IPC, it apparently didn't include the rights to ''Zenith''. The issues have evidently been overcome, however--''The Complete Zenith'' is now on sale at the 2000AD website.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Zenith}}'' cannot could not be reprinted for some time because Creator/GrantMorrison claims claimed that when Rebellion bought the rights to ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' from IPC, it apparently didn't include the rights to ''Zenith''. The issues have evidently been overcome, however--''The Complete Zenith'' is now on sale at series was published in collected form in the 2000AD website.mid-2010s, although the precise legal resolution remains murky.
8th Aug '16 7:44:01 PM Steven
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* ''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 DCMA, causing all links to the download to be yanked offline. Similar to the ''Sreets 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.
8th Aug '16 7:12:18 AM ooh
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* The ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise had one that lasted ''forty to fifty years''. One of James Bond's greatest villains in the original novels was the NGOSuperpower SPECTRE (and its leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld). The novel that introduced SPECTRE, ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'', was originally conceived as a film. The screenplay was a collaboration between James Bond's author Creator/IanFleming and screenwriter Kevin [=McClory=]. When plans for the film fell through, Fleming released ''Thunderball'' as a novel. [=McClory=] then sued Fleming for releasing the novel without his permission; this led to [=McClory=] being awarded the film rights to ''Thunderball'' as well as ownership of SPECTRE. Initially [=McClory=] allowed [[Creator/UnitedArtists UA]] to use SPECTRE for some of their Bond films, but this agreement expired in 1975. Thus, SPECTRE was retired from the "official" Bond films. ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was originally going to have Blofeld as a villain]], but he was replaced by {{Expy}} Karl Stromberg. Blofeld would then make a LawyerFriendlyCameo in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' [[TakeThat where he gets killed off.]] Meanwhile, [=McClory=] made his own version of ''Thunderball'' under the name ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''.

In 1997, [=McClory=] announced that, in partnership with Sony Pictures, would remake ''Thunderball'' again, this time under the title of ''Warhead 2000'', with former Bond actor Creator/{{TimothyDalton}} being considered to play 007, which would launch a rival Bond series. MGM (UA's successor) sued Sony over the decision, leaving the latter to give up on the property.

''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}}''.

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* The ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise had one that lasted ''forty to fifty years''.
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One of James Bond's greatest villains in the original novels was the NGOSuperpower SPECTRE (and its leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld). The novel that introduced SPECTRE, ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'', was originally conceived as a film. The screenplay was a collaboration between James Bond's author Creator/IanFleming and screenwriter Kevin [=McClory=]. When plans for the film fell through, Fleming released ''Thunderball'' as a novel. [=McClory=] then sued Fleming for releasing the novel without his permission; this led to [=McClory=] being awarded the film rights to ''Thunderball'' as well as ownership of SPECTRE. Initially [=McClory=] allowed [[Creator/UnitedArtists UA]] to use SPECTRE for some of their Bond films, but this agreement expired in 1975. Thus, SPECTRE was retired from the "official" Bond films. ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was originally going to have Blofeld as a villain]], but he was replaced by {{Expy}} Karl Stromberg. Blofeld would then make a LawyerFriendlyCameo in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' [[TakeThat where he gets killed off.]] Meanwhile, [=McClory=] made his own version of ''Thunderball'' under the name ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''.

** In 1997, [=McClory=] announced that, in partnership with Sony Pictures, would remake ''Thunderball'' again, this time under the title of ''Warhead 2000'', with former Bond actor Creator/{{TimothyDalton}} being considered to play 007, which would launch a rival Bond series. MGM (UA's successor) sued Sony over the decision, leaving the latter to give up on the property.

** ''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}}''.
8th Aug '16 7:10:54 AM ooh
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* The ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise had one that lasted ''forty to fifty years''. One of James Bond's greatest villains in the original novels was the NGOSuperpower SPECTRE (and its leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld). The novel that introduced SPECTRE, ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'', was originally conceived as a film. The screenplay was a collaboration between James Bond's author Creator/IanFleming and screenwriter Kevin [=McClory=]. When plans for the film fell through, Fleming released ''Thunderball'' as a novel. [=McClory=] then sued Fleming for releasing the novel without his permission; this led to [=McClory=] being awarded the film rights to ''Thunderball'' as well as ownership of SPECTRE. Initially [=McClory=] allowed [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]]/[[Creator/UnitedArtists UA]] to use SPECTRE for some of their Bond films, but this agreement expired in 1975. Thus, SPECTRE was retired from the "official" Bond films. ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was originally going to have Blofeld as a villain]], but he was replaced by {{Expy}} Karl Stromberg. Blofeld would then make a LawyerFriendlyCameo in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' [[TakeThat where he gets killed off.]] Meanwhile, [=McClory=] made his own version of ''Thunderball'' under the name ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''. Years later, ''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}}''.

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* The ''Film/JamesBond'' franchise had one that lasted ''forty to fifty years''. One of James Bond's greatest villains in the original novels was the NGOSuperpower SPECTRE (and its leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld). The novel that introduced SPECTRE, ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'', was originally conceived as a film. The screenplay was a collaboration between James Bond's author Creator/IanFleming and screenwriter Kevin [=McClory=]. When plans for the film fell through, Fleming released ''Thunderball'' as a novel. [=McClory=] then sued Fleming for releasing the novel without his permission; this led to [=McClory=] being awarded the film rights to ''Thunderball'' as well as ownership of SPECTRE. Initially [=McClory=] allowed [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]]/[[Creator/UnitedArtists [[Creator/UnitedArtists UA]] to use SPECTRE for some of their Bond films, but this agreement expired in 1975. Thus, SPECTRE was retired from the "official" Bond films. ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was originally going to have Blofeld as a villain]], but he was replaced by {{Expy}} Karl Stromberg. Blofeld would then make a LawyerFriendlyCameo in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' [[TakeThat where he gets killed off.]] Meanwhile, [=McClory=] made his own version of ''Thunderball'' under the name ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''. Years later,

In 1997, [=McClory=] announced that, in partnership with Sony Pictures, would remake ''Thunderball'' again, this time under the title of ''Warhead 2000'', with former Bond actor Creator/{{TimothyDalton}} being considered to play 007, which would launch a rival Bond series. MGM (UA's successor) sued Sony over the decision, leaving the latter to give up on the property.

''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}}''.
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