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12th Dec '17 5:42:18 PM Midna
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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 Creator/{{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. Even ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomInfinite'' lacks any X-Men/Fantastic Four presence. 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 Creator/{{Lucasfilm}}, thus screwing them out of ''Franchise/StarWars''. It's really petty.)
8th Dec '17 9:11:33 AM nombretomado
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* Two videos from ''WebVideo/DeathBattle'' have been hit with takedown notices. The first was the [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Sol Badguy]] vs. [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Ragna the Bloodedge]] due to fan art being used and the creator not being happy with what was being used for credit. The second was the remaster fight between [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] and [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett]] due to the DancePartyEnding using ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''[='s=] "Shine". Both are back, but the Samus vs. Fett video has the music removed, sadly.

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* Two videos from ''WebVideo/DeathBattle'' ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' have been hit with takedown notices. The first was the [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Sol Badguy]] vs. [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Ragna the Bloodedge]] due to fan art being used and the creator not being happy with what was being used for credit. The second was the remaster fight between [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] and [[Franchise/StarWars Boba Fett]] due to the DancePartyEnding using ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''[='s=] "Shine". Both are back, but the Samus vs. Fett video has the music removed, sadly.
3rd Dec '17 12:52:01 PM superkeijikun
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*** The one occasion when an indie developer responded to a counterclaim was when James and Robert Romine, of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Homicide_Studios Digital Homicide]] infamy, sued Jim in 2016 over his videos criticizing their shovelware games. During the litigation period, Jim's videos regarding Digital Homicide were brought down, and Jim was legally barred from discussing the matter in his videos, in addition to being forced to divide his time between fighting the lawsuit and making content. Eventually, however, the case against Jim was [[AvertedTrope dismissed with prejudice]]: the Romines are no longer allowed to sue Jim on this matter again, and the case was dropped after Jim's lawyer explained to the Romines, [[ToThePain in detail]], the world of pain they would be in if they actually brought the case to court. After the sordid ordeal ended, [[http://youtu.be/qS-LXvhy1Do Jim took the opportunity to rub all of the salt into the Romines' wounds]].



* [[WebVideo/{{Jimquisition Jim Sterling]] is often hit with strikes against his videos by indie developers who CantTakeCriticism and make copyright claims that causes his videos to be taken down. In most cases, Jim makes a counterclaim that requires the developers to present evidence of copyright infringement in court, which almost no developer ever follows through on, allowing his videos to be brought back with relatively little muss or fuss. The one occasion when an indie developer followed through was when James and Robert Romine, of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Homicide_Studios Digital Homicide]] infamy, sued Jim in 2016 over his videos criticizing their shovelware games. During the litigation period, Jim's videos regarding Digital Homicide were brought down, and Jim was legally barred from discussing the matter in his videos, in addition to being forced to divide his time between fighting the lawsuit and making content. Eventually, however, the case against Jim was [[AvertedTrope dismissed with prejudice]]: the Romines are no longer allowed to sue Jim on this matter again, and the case was dropped after Jim's lawyer explained to the Romines, [[ToThePain in detail]], what would happen if they actually brought the case to court. After the sordid ordeal ended, [[http://youtu.be/qS-LXvhy1Do Jim took the opportunity to rub all of the salt into the Romines' wounds]].
3rd Dec '17 12:48:28 PM superkeijikun
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* [[WebVideo/{{Jimquisition Jim Sterling]] is often hit with strikes against his videos by indie developers who CantTakeCriticism and make copyright claims that causes his videos to be taken down. In most cases, Jim makes a counterclaim that requires the developers to present evidence of copyright infringement in court, which almost no developer ever follows through on, allowing his videos to be brought back with relatively little muss or fuss. The one occasion when an indie developer followed through was when James and Robert Romine, of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Homicide_Studios Digital Homicide]] infamy, sued Jim in 2016 over his videos criticizing their shovelware games. During the litigation period, Jim's videos regarding Digital Homicide were brought down, and Jim was legally barred from discussing the matter in his videos, in addition to being forced to divide his time between fighting the lawsuit and making content. Eventually, however, the case against Jim was [[AvertedTrope dismissed with prejudice]]: the Romines are no longer allowed to sue Jim on this matter again, and the case was dropped after Jim's lawyer explained to the Romines, [[ToThePain in detail]], what would happen if they actually brought the case to court. After the sordid ordeal ended, [[http://youtu.be/qS-LXvhy1Do Jim took the opportunity to rub all of the salt into the Romines' wounds]].
2nd Dec '17 12:49:38 AM superboy313
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** Another problem screwing the comic is crazy laws regarding Sonic media outside the United States. Because of the various creators behind them, the comic can't use anyone from Japanese media that ''isn't'' video games, thus it would be impossible to see characters like [[Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie Princess Sera]] or [[Anime/SonicX Chris Thorndyke]] interacting with the Freedom Fighters. As well, Western Sonic media is off limits to those in Japan, meaning that Sega can't incorporate popular {{Canon Foreigner}}s into the source material without some negotiation.
28th Nov '17 6:46:41 PM nombretomado
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* Half of the ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' games aren't going to be on the UsefulNotes/VirtualConsole, WindowsStore (Windows), AppStore (Mac), Steam and PlayStationStore due to Archie Comics refusing to license the characters.

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* Half of the ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' games aren't going to be on the UsefulNotes/VirtualConsole, WindowsStore (Windows), AppStore (Mac), Steam and PlayStationStore [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationNetwork PlayStation Store]] due to Archie Comics refusing to license the characters.
28th Nov '17 5:49:57 PM nombretomado
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** Speaking of Redd Kross... they were originally named "Red Cross" with UsefulNotes/TheRedCross logo as the band's logo. They were requested to stop by the International Red Cross. [[note]]This, however, is a little different from most legal "dibs-calling" as the IRC isn't thinking in terms of marketability, but instead in terms of survivability -- the Red Cross is a [[TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar protected symbol, whose main function is to mark people, places, and things involved in wartime medical care and which are therefore not legitimate military targets]]. The going theory is that if the symbol is used willy-nilly there's a risk that it will be stripped of its meaning and that could lead to incidents where medical targets are fired upon. This is also, incidentally, why most peacetime ambulances and EMTs today (other than Red Cross-affiliated ones) do not bear the symbol, at least in the United States.[[/note]]

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** Speaking of Redd Kross... they were originally named "Red Cross" with UsefulNotes/TheRedCross logo as the band's logo. They were requested to stop by the International Red Cross. [[note]]This, however, is a little different from most legal "dibs-calling" as the IRC isn't thinking in terms of marketability, but instead in terms of survivability -- the Red Cross is a [[TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar [[UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar protected symbol, whose main function is to mark people, places, and things involved in wartime medical care and which are therefore not legitimate military targets]]. The going theory is that if the symbol is used willy-nilly there's a risk that it will be stripped of its meaning and that could lead to incidents where medical targets are fired upon. This is also, incidentally, why most peacetime ambulances and EMTs today (other than Red Cross-affiliated ones) do not bear the symbol, at least in the United States.[[/note]]
28th Nov '17 3:25:47 PM Mario1995
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* When Creator/{{Nintendo}} licensed the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' [[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.

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* When Creator/{{Nintendo}} licensed the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' [[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' Universal's 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.
28th Nov '17 1:48:37 PM Mario1995
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** Paramount pulled stupid moves even during animation's golden age. A huge example of this was when Paramount approached Marjorie Henderson Buell, owner of ''ComicStrip/LittleLulu'', as their contract for animated shorts was set to expire in 1947. Paramount demanded that Marge relinquish the rights to ''Little Lulu'' or they'll stop producing cartoons. Marge didn't take it well; the contract was not renewed and Paramount had to create a [[CaptainErsatz knockoff]] replacement, Little Audrey.

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** Paramount pulled stupid moves even during animation's golden age. A huge example of this was when Paramount approached Marjorie Henderson Buell, owner of ''ComicStrip/LittleLulu'', as their contract for animated shorts was set to expire in 1947. Paramount demanded that Marge relinquish the rights to ''Little Lulu'' or they'll stop producing cartoons. Marge didn't take it well; the contract was not renewed and Paramount had to create a [[CaptainErsatz knockoff]] replacement, Little Audrey. [[LaserGuidedKarma Both characters were eventually bought out by Universal]].
26th Nov '17 7:48:23 PM akaun6899
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** The [[Anime/PokemonHeroes fifth]], [[Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker sixth]], and [[Anime/PokemonDestinyDeoxys seventh]] movies are currently affected as well. Unlike the first three did for so long, they never went out-of-print, but because they were distributed by Miramax, whose distribution rights to the four they released did ''not'' expire a decade after each film's release, The Pokémon Company International was unable to release them digitally along with the other films for the franchise's [[MilestoneCelebration 20th anniversary]]. What makes this somewhat confusing is that [[Anime/Pokemon4Ever the fourth movie]] was released on iTunes and Amazon with the other movies, but current [=DVDs=] of said film are released by Lionsgate (Miramax's distributor) instead of Viz Media.

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** The [[Anime/PokemonHeroes fifth]], [[Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker sixth]], and [[Anime/PokemonDestinyDeoxys seventh]] movies are currently affected as well. Unlike the first three did for so long, they never went out-of-print, but because they were distributed by Miramax, whose distribution rights to the four they released did ''not'' expire a decade after each film's release, The Pokémon Company International was unable to release them digitally along with the other films for the franchise's [[MilestoneCelebration 20th anniversary]]. What makes this somewhat confusing is that [[Anime/Pokemon4Ever the fourth movie]] was released on iTunes iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon with the other movies, but current [=DVDs=] of said film are released by Lionsgate (Miramax's distributor) instead of Viz Media.Media. Said movie ''was'' recently removed from iTunes and Google Play (but not Amazon) for reasons unclear[[note]]either there were still rights issues with Miramax that were not sorted out, or in hindsight of the Harvey Weinstein scandal (he and his brother Bob are credited under "Special Thanks" on all Miramax-distributed films)[[/note]].
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