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23rd Feb '17 8:24:53 AM dsneybuf
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* After Creator/RobinWilliams's death, Disney began arranging plans for a live-action Genie prequel as an origin story to ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', but it got locked away when Williams's estate informed the company that his will included a clause that bars any further usage of voice recordings and likenesses that had not yet been made available to the public through earlier releases such as the three home media releases [[note]] The 1993 Walt Disney "Black Diamond" Classics VHS/[=LaserDisc=], the 2004 [[WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyPlatinumEditions Platinum Edition]] VHS/DVD, and the 2015 [[WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyDiamondEditions Diamond Edition]] DVD/Blu-ray/Digital releases [[/note]] 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 ''Aladdin'' 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 to ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', but it got locked away when away. Williams's estate informed the company that his will included a clause that bars any further usage of voice recordings and likenesses that had not yet already been made available to the public through earlier releases such as the three home media releases [[note]] The 1993 Walt Disney "Black Diamond" Classics VHS/[=LaserDisc=], the 2004 [[WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyPlatinumEditions Platinum Edition]] VHS/DVD, and the 2015 [[WaltDisneyHomeVideo/WaltDisneyDiamondEditions Diamond Edition]] DVD/Blu-ray/Digital releases [[/note]] 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 ''Aladdin'' sequel with unused Robin Williams recordings, but it ended up being scrapped for the same reason.
20th Feb '17 12:07:50 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Due to Creator/{{Universal}}'s exclusive licensing contract with Creator/MarvelComics a decade before Creator/{{Disney}}'s acquisition of Marvel, Disney is not allowed to build any Marvel-themed attractions at Disney parks in Orlando and Japan, as Universal's [[Ride/UniversalStudios theme parks]] in both areas have built Marvel theming first. [[http://www.insidethemagic.net/2014/08/star-lord-and-gamora-to-appear-as-first-marvel-characters-at-walt-disney-world-in-awesome-mix-tape-party/ That hasn't stopped Disney from finding legal loopholes from the deal, though]].

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* Due to Creator/{{Universal}}'s exclusive licensing contract with Creator/MarvelComics a decade before Creator/{{Disney}}'s acquisition of Marvel, Disney is not allowed to build any Marvel-themed attractions at Disney parks in Orlando and Japan, as Universal's [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's theme parks]] in both areas have built Marvel theming first. [[http://www.insidethemagic.net/2014/08/star-lord-and-gamora-to-appear-as-first-marvel-characters-at-walt-disney-world-in-awesome-mix-tape-party/ That hasn't stopped Disney from finding legal loopholes from the deal, though]].though.]]


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* In 2003, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was set to premiere ''Archie's Weird Fantasy'', a stage play about [[Creator/ArchieComics Archie Andrews]] coming out as gay, at Dad's Garage Theatre Company in UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}. The day before the play's first performance, Aguirre-Sacasa and Dad's Garage got hit with [[http://www.clatl.com/culture/article/13011053/arch-humor a cease-and-desist letter]] from Creator/ArchieComics, forcing them to quickly rename it ''Weird Comic Book Fantasy'' and [[SerialNumbersFiledOff change all the characters' names]] (Archie became "Buddy Baxter", BettyAndVeronica became "Rosie" and "Monica", Jughead became "Tapeworm"). Given that Archie Comics [[HilariousInHindsight hired Aguirre-Sacasa to write]] ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'' in 2013, and then hired him as their chief creative officer the following year, they've clearly patched up their differences since then.
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19th Feb '17 4:54:22 PM BNSF1995
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* WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter was temporarily banned from Website/YouTube in January 2015 due to a copyright claim by either Creator/{{Viacom}} or Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox. He was posting a review of the show. And it was under fair use. But those companies bypass the fair use disclaimer and shut down his account. He then filed a dispute and two weeks later, his channel went back up.

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* WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter was temporarily banned from Website/YouTube in January 2015 due to a copyright claim by either Creator/{{Viacom}} or Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox. He was posting a review of the show. And it was under fair use. But those companies bypass the fair use disclaimer disclaimer, seemingly viewing fair use as legalized piracy or believing that Enter's scathing reviews of their material hurts their bottom line, and shut down his account. He then filed a dispute and two weeks later, his channel went back up.
19th Feb '17 4:50:40 AM PrinnyOverlord
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** ''VideoGame/JStarsVictoryVs'' however, was able to receive a western release eventually despite the difficulty in obtaining all the rights, though Namco already having the rights to make games out of at [[Anime/DragonBallZ least four]] [[Anime/{{Naruto}} of the]] [[Anime/OnePiece included]] [[Anime/SaintSeiya franchises]] might have helped.
12th Feb '17 9:55:05 AM _____________
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** The Australian company Siren Visual has released the entire series on DVD. However, it is [[UsefulNotes/RegionCoding coded to region 4]], so you need to either live in that region or have a modified DVD player if you live elsewhere and want to watch their release.

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** The Australian company Siren Visual has released the entire series on DVD. However, it is [[UsefulNotes/RegionCoding coded to region 4]], so you need to either live in that region or have a modified DVD player if you live elsewhere and want to watch their release.it.
12th Feb '17 9:54:34 AM _____________
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* Viz has not yet released the majority of the ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' anime on video, nor will it ever, due to the series's use of licensed music. The first half was released on DVD with the licensed music replaced, but the second half has [[Film/TheWizardOfOz "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"]] as a plot point and thus cannot be easily changed to something else. (This hasn't stopped Viz from distributing this show digitally or it airing in its entirety on television, however. The fact that the series apparently sold very poorly is probably a bigger factor than the music.)

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* Viz Creator/{{Viz}} has not yet released the majority of the ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' anime on video, nor will it ever, due to the series's use of licensed music. The first half was released on DVD with the licensed music replaced, but the second half has [[Film/TheWizardOfOz "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"]] as a plot point and thus cannot be easily changed to something else. (This hasn't stopped Viz from distributing this show digitally or it airing in its entirety on television, however. The fact that the series apparently sold very poorly is probably a bigger factor than the music.))
** The Australian company Siren Visual has released the entire series on DVD. However, it is [[UsefulNotes/RegionCoding coded to region 4]], so you need to either live in that region or have a modified DVD player if you live elsewhere and want to watch their release.
10th Feb '17 12:50:00 PM Blazer
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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.
9th Feb '17 4:28:38 PM ninjamitsuki2
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* [[http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/720/714/bdc.png As explained here]], the ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episode, "The Mask" got the show screwed when Creator/CartoonNetwork came under heat from MoralGuardians who believed the episode contained lesbian undertones and threatened to sue the network's bottom off unless they cancelled the show. Many at the network have admitted that ''Courage'' was [[AdoredByTheNetwork their favourite of all Cartoon Network original series]], saying they would have kept it running if it wasn't for the threat. Whatever the case, the show got to air the rest of its final season with reruns as recently as 2014! Cartoon Network has also considered the possibility of a revival as evidenced by the 2014 short, "The Fog of Courage".
4th Feb '17 9:10:47 AM erforce
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** This also caused the removal of his reviews of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' (which featured clips from ''Film/TheWizard'') and the Sega Master System game adaptation of ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' (which featured clips of said movie), due to angry letters from both [[Creator/{{Universal}} NBCUniversal]] and [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]]/[[Creator/UnitedArtists UA]], respectively, regarding the videos' use of movie clips, again without permission. Both episodes are back up, but at the request of the studios, all of the movie clips were removed. Ironically, the AVGN episode covering the Nintendo Entertainment System tie-in game of ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' did not get into any legal wrangling despite using clips from said movie, also another [=NBCUniversal=] property.

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** This also caused the removal of his reviews of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' (which featured clips from ''Film/TheWizard'') and the Sega Master System game adaptation of ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' (which featured clips of said movie), from the movies), due to angry letters from both [[Creator/{{Universal}} NBCUniversal]] and [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]]/[[Creator/UnitedArtists UA]], respectively, regarding the videos' use of movie clips, again without permission. Both episodes are back up, but at the request of the studios, all of the movie clips were removed. Ironically, the AVGN episode covering the Nintendo Entertainment System tie-in game of ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' did not get into any legal wrangling despite using clips from said movie, also another [=NBCUniversal=] property.
27th Jan '17 12:30:36 PM a83hg
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* This trope affected the Website/{{Kickstarter}}-funded HD Restoration of ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate''. In 2011, Ben Solovey started up a Kickstarter to restore the movie after he discovered that he ended up buying the original 16mm print of the film. With the blessing of Tom Neyman and his daughter Jackie Neyman Jones (who played The Master and little Debbie respectively), Solovey worked on the restoration. However, Joe Warren, son of writer, director and actor Harold P. Warren, was angry at being left out and attempted to assert copyright on the film. Just one catch: Hal copyrighted the script, then called "Lodge of Sins". [[EpicFail He didn't copyright the actual movie]], essentially making the movie a Public Domain film. The movie was ultimately released by Synapse Films on October 15, 2015 and the restored print now resides in cold storage in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive.

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* This trope affected the Website/{{Kickstarter}}-funded HD Restoration of ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate''. In 2011, Ben Solovey started up a Kickstarter to restore the movie after he discovered that he ended up buying the original 16mm print of the film. With the blessing of Tom Neyman and his daughter Jackie Neyman Jones (who played The Master and little Debbie respectively), Solovey worked on the restoration. However, Joe Warren, son of writer, director and actor Harold P. Warren, was angry at being left out and attempted to assert copyright on the film. Just one catch: Hal copyrighted the script, then called "Lodge of Sins". [[EpicFail He didn't copyright the actual movie]], movie, essentially making the movie a Public Domain film. The movie was ultimately released by Synapse Films on October 15, 2015 and the restored print now resides in cold storage in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive.
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