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23rd Jul '16 4:09:46 PM Unmenow2003
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* In 2013 or 2014, the popular ROM website "Coolroms" removed all video games for Nintendo consoles due to copyright claims by Nintendo of America. However, the other ones, such as Sega or Sony games live on.
19th Jul '16 3:41:02 PM Shadeblade11
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** Humourously enough, there's some name changes that just seem quite ridiculous. Like [[VideoGame/JoJosBizarreAdventureEyesOfHeaven Flaccid Pancake]].
14th Jul '16 3:23:30 PM TheNohrianDarkKnight
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** Film/{{Thor}}, Film/IronMan, Film/TheIncredibleHulk, Film/{{Captain America|TheFirstAvenger}}, ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}, ComicBook/BlackWidow, ComicBook/NickFury, and recently Film/{{Daredevil}} and ComicBook/GhostRider can freely interact with each other in the movies just like they do in the comics, but the ComicBook/XMen and the ComicBook/FantasticFour continue to exist in their own stand-alone universes because their movie rights are owned by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox and due to the way Marvel Studios operated back before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was conceptualized. As awesome as it would be, it's unlikely that we'll ever see an ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]]''-style crossover featuring X-Men or the Fantastic Four, even though these are very common in the comics. Same thing '''did''' apply to ComicBook/SpiderMan with his rights being owned by Sony, until in February of 2015 Sony struck a deal with Marvel that allows Spidey to exist in the MCU.

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** Film/{{Thor}}, Film/IronMan, Film/TheIncredibleHulk, Film/{{Captain America|TheFirstAvenger}}, ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}, ComicBook/BlackWidow, ComicBook/NickFury, and recently Film/{{Daredevil}} and ComicBook/GhostRider can freely interact with each other in the movies just like they do in the comics, but the ComicBook/XMen and the ComicBook/FantasticFour continue to exist in their own stand-alone universes because their movie rights are owned by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox and due to the way Marvel Studios operated back before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was conceptualized. As awesome as it would be, it's unlikely that we'll ever see an ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]]''-style crossover featuring X-Men or the Fantastic Four, even though these are very common in the comics. Same thing '''did''' apply to ComicBook/SpiderMan with his rights being owned by Sony, until in February of 2015 Sony struck a deal with Marvel that allows Spidey to exist in the MCU.MCU (with handing creative reigns to Marvel, while Sony handles marketing and distribution of the Spidey solo films).



** According to Creator/MarkRuffalo, the aforementioned legal issues involving Namor and the Skrulls with Universal also apply to the ComicBook/{{Hulk}} as well, as Universal still retains some rights to make and distribute stand-alone ''Hulk'' movies, as they did with the original ''Film/{{Hulk}}'' and ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', and Marvel can't seem to push them into giving the rights back, making the likelihood of another standalone movie featuring the Hulk unlikely.

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** According to Creator/MarkRuffalo, the aforementioned legal issues involving Namor and the Skrulls with Universal also apply to the ComicBook/{{Hulk}} as well, as Universal still retains some rights to make and distribute stand-alone ''Hulk'' movies, movies (similar to how ''Spider-Man'' and Sony are now being handled), as they did with the original ''Film/{{Hulk}}'' and ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', and Marvel can't seem to push them into giving the rights back, making the likelihood of another standalone movie featuring the Hulk unlikely.
14th Jul '16 3:11:44 PM TheNohrianDarkKnight
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* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' was completely unavailable worldwide outside Japan for close to a decade due to legal problems, the details of which are still speculated (some think it had to do with ''LiveActionTV/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', or contract issues with Naoko Takeuchi). Toei and Kodansha refused to renew any ''Sailor Moon'' licenses worldwide beginning in 2003, which forced ADVFilms (who had the US home video license to the first two seasons at the time) to hastily release box sets of the show before it expired. This also prevented the final season ''Sailor Moon Sailor Stars'' from seeing the light of day in North America at all. Both Toei and Kodansha began re-licensing the series worldwide in 2010, with the entire manga being re-released in English beginning in 2011 (courtesy of KodanshaComicsUSA), and the anime in 2014 (courtesy of VizMedia), both with brand new localizations, along with ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal''.

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* ''Manga/SailorMoon'' was completely unavailable worldwide outside Japan for close to a decade due to legal problems, the details of which are still speculated (some think it had to do with ''LiveActionTV/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', or contract issues with Naoko Takeuchi). Toei and Kodansha refused to renew any ''Sailor Moon'' licenses worldwide beginning in 2003, which forced ADVFilms (who had the US home video license to the first two seasons at the time) to hastily release box sets of the show sub-only before it expired. This also prevented the final season ''Sailor Moon Sailor Stars'' from seeing the light of day in North America at all. Both Toei and Kodansha began re-licensing the series worldwide in 2010, with the entire manga being re-released in English beginning in 2011 (courtesy of KodanshaComicsUSA), and the anime (including the never-released-in-America ''Sailor Stars'') in 2014 (courtesy of VizMedia), both with brand new localizations, along with ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal''.


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* ''Manga/DGrayMan'' was hit with this in terms of releasing the second half of the 2006 series. ''Creator/FUNimation'' intially licensed episodes 1-51 and released them in 2009-2010. They originally stopped for almost 5 years at the point halfway through the series with no plans at the time to dub the other half due to the Japanese licensors asking for more money than Creator/FUNimation was willing to pay. The production for the localization was put on hold for years until 2016, FUNimation has in fact licensed the 2016 series, Hallow, as part of the 2016 Summer Simulcast season, along with licensing the second half of the series a week later on June 30th, 2016.
12th Jul '16 1:44:05 AM PaulA
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* The web series ''Adult Wednesday Addams'', focusing on [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a grown-up]] [[TheAddamsFamily Wednesday Addams]] as she navigates twentysomething life in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, got taken down after its creator Melissa Hunter received a cease-and-desist letter from Creator/CharlesAddams' estate. Hunter laid out the situation [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SebuPhdRxMM here]]. Fortunately, some enterprising individuals have taken to reposting the series (no links, for obvious reasons).

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* The web series ''Adult Wednesday Addams'', focusing on [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a grown-up]] [[TheAddamsFamily [[Franchise/TheAddamsFamily Wednesday Addams]] as she navigates twentysomething life in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, got taken down after its creator Melissa Hunter received a cease-and-desist letter from Creator/CharlesAddams' estate. Hunter laid out the situation [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SebuPhdRxMM here]]. Fortunately, some enterprising individuals have taken to reposting the series (no links, for obvious reasons).
9th Jul '16 11:55:29 AM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' not only took certain character names from the Maori language, it apparently tried to ''trademark'' them so that it held the rights to words from Maori language. Due to threats of legal action from some Maori tribal groups, Lego changed tack and altered the spelling of the names. This is odd, since trademarks are contextual. For example, Creator/DCComics has a trademark on Franchise/TheFlash, and that is a perfectly valid trademark, but that doesn't mean that they've trademarked the word ''flash'' and that you can't use it anywhere with any meaning. Most likely the Maori groups' complaint was not about the trademark itself.

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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' not only took certain character names from the Maori language, it apparently tried to ''trademark'' them so that it held the rights to words from Maori language. Due to threats of legal action from some Maori tribal groups, Lego changed tack and altered the spelling of the names. This is odd, since trademarks are contextual. For example, Creator/DCComics has a trademark on Franchise/TheFlash, and that is a perfectly valid trademark, but that doesn't mean that they've trademarked the word ''flash'' and that you can't use it anywhere with any meaning. Most likely the Maori groups' complaint was not about the trademark itself.
29th Jun '16 10:50:08 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Bandai was going to release the video game ''Macross VFX II'' in the US -- even released a demo disc with one of the major game magazines. Harmony Gold forced them to stop.

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** Bandai was going to release the video game ''Macross VFX II'' in the US -- even released releasing a demo disc with one of the major game magazines. Harmony Gold forced them to stop.



*** Tracks from the ''Macross Plus'' are being steadily removed from [=YouTube=], due to complaints from the copyright holders to the music.
** It's still a minor miracle that the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' attained a US release, first through [=AnimEigo=] and then through [=ADV=].

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*** Tracks from the ''Macross Plus'' are being steadily removed from [=YouTube=], due to complaints from the copyright holders to the music.
** It's still a minor miracle that the original version of ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' attained a US release, first through [=AnimEigo=] and then through [=ADV=].
27th Jun '16 12:18:10 PM PhantomDusclops92
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** They later did it again when they released ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', renaming their Orc, Elf and Undead factions with trademarkable but ridiculous names "Orruk", "Aelf" and "Deathshambler".

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** They later did it again when they released ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', renaming their Orc, Elf and Undead Dwarf factions with trademarkable but ridiculous names "Orruk", "Aelf" and "Deathshambler"."Duardin", among others.
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.
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