History Main / ScrewedBytheLawyers

27th Mar '17 10:14:38 AM rjd1922
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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.
* When the ''LightNovel/SuzumiyaHaruhi'' anime's first season was finally licensed in North America, it came with a massive viral marketing campaign that often reached out to fans, and one of the things Bandai Entertainment did with that was regularly promoting fanworks. However, this was at the exact same time that Kadokawa in Japan was sending out wave after wave of copyright claims on Haruhi videos. An effort to try and clamp down on full-episode uploads ended up making it so that the [=AMVs=], cosplay videos, and fan performances of things like the ending theme dance that the North American licensors were actively promoting were quickly shut down by the original copyright holders in Japan.

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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 Creator/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.
* When the ''LightNovel/SuzumiyaHaruhi'' ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' anime's first season was finally licensed in North America, it came with a massive viral marketing campaign that often reached out to fans, and one of the things Bandai Entertainment did with that was regularly promoting fanworks. However, this was at the exact same time that Kadokawa in Japan was sending out wave after wave of copyright claims on Haruhi videos. An effort to try and clamp down on full-episode uploads ended up making it so that the [=AMVs=], cosplay videos, and fan performances of things like the ending theme dance that the North American licensors were actively promoting were quickly shut down by the original copyright holders in Japan.
18th Mar '17 12:10:34 PM gjjones
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* After Creator/RobinWilliams's death, Disney began arranging plans for a live-action Genie prequel as an origin story, but it got locked away thanks to a clause in Robin Williams's will. His estate informed the company the clause bars any further usage of voice recordings and likenesses that had not been already made available to the public 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 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, story to ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', but it got locked away thanks to a clause in Robin Williams's will. His estate informed the company the clause bars any further usage of voice recordings and likenesses that had not been already made available to the public 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 sequel with unused Robin Williams recordings, but it ended up being scrapped for the same reason.
18th Mar '17 11:42:04 AM MightyKombat
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* ''WebAnimation/ButtonsAdventures'', another victim of Hasbro since it was based on a background character from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' show. However, some assume it's less Button who was the problem but the usage of Sweetie Belle, who is a major character from the series.
** Actually, Hasbro later confirmed on this that it was a third-party lawyer who had the series taken down, that they had no problem with any of the MLP characters used in fan properties that didn't damage the integrity (something that Buttons Adventures most certainly didn't) and not only had the persons responsible since been fired, but talks ''were'' in order with [=JanAnimations=] (the creator) for a form of compensation.....[[http://ask-thecrusaders.tumblr.com/post/117841628509/so-how-can-we-got-to-wait-till-august-for-you-to but the talks didn't seem to work out]].

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* ''WebAnimation/ButtonsAdventures'', another victim In one particularly eponymous case, ''WebAnimation/ButtonsAdventures'' was taken down by a third party lawyer supposedly on behalf of Hasbro since it was based on a background character from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' show. However, some assume it's less Button who was the problem but the usage of Sweetie Belle, who is a major character from the series.
** Actually, Hasbro later confirmed on this that it was a third-party lawyer who had the series taken down,
despite that they had no problem with any of the MLP characters used in fan properties that didn't damage the integrity (something that Buttons Adventures most certainly didn't) and not didn't.) Not only had the persons responsible since been fired, but talks ''were'' in order with [=JanAnimations=] (the creator) for a form of compensation.....[[http://ask-thecrusaders.tumblr.com/post/117841628509/so-how-can-we-got-to-wait-till-august-for-you-to but the talks didn't seem to work out]].
10th Mar '17 9:39:33 PM jormis29
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* In the 1970s, Tactical Studies Rules Inc. narrowly avoided a lawsuit from Chaosium when they tried to incorporate the Franchise/CthulhuMythos into the nascent ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Chaosium, who had been sold the right to produce Lovecraft-related board games by copyright holder Arkham House, stipulated that TSR could keep the content if they credited Chaosium's "Call of Cthulhu" series. TSR backed down and [[WhatCouldHaveBeen removed the content instead]].

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* In the 1970s, Tactical Studies Rules Inc. Creator/{{TSR}} narrowly avoided a lawsuit from Chaosium from Creator/{{Chaosium}} when they tried to incorporate the Franchise/CthulhuMythos into the nascent ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Chaosium, who had been sold the right to produce Lovecraft-related board games by copyright holder Arkham House, stipulated that TSR could keep the content if they credited Chaosium's "Call of Cthulhu" series. TSR backed down and [[WhatCouldHaveBeen removed the content instead]].
10th Mar '17 7:15:53 PM rjd1922
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* Creator/FUNimation was forced to rename their release of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' by Creator/TMSEntertainment because they (the licensors) were afraid of a lawsuit by the estate of Creator/RobertEHoward over the trademark of "Conan". Moreover, the name changes (which include the show being renamed "Case Closed") were even forced on Viz by TMS, making it one of the rare examples of a {{Macekre}} that actually wasn't the English production company's fault. Viz's English release of the manga was also affected as a result.

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* Creator/FUNimation was forced to rename their release of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' by Creator/TMSEntertainment because they (the licensors) were afraid of a lawsuit by the estate of Creator/RobertEHoward over the trademark of "Conan". Moreover, the name changes (which include the show being renamed "Case Closed") were even forced on Viz by TMS, making it one of the rare examples of a {{Macekre}} MarketBasedTitle that actually wasn't the English production company's fault.decision. Viz's English release of the manga was also affected as a result.



* ''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'' (the credits explicitly attributing his ownership to Square-Enix) 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 Creator/{{Capcom}}, Creator/{{Sega}} or Creator/BandaiNamco, who have playable characters in the game since Day 1.[[/note]]
* ''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 DMCA, causing all links to the download to be yanked offline. Similar to the ''Streets 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/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'' (the credits explicitly attributing his ownership to Square-Enix) 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 Creator/{{Capcom}}, Creator/{{Sega}} or Creator/BandaiNamco, Creator/{{Bandai Namco|Entertainment}}, who have playable characters in the game since Day 1.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'' was remade by a single fan, [[DevelopmentHell taking over 8 years to finish]] and released on August 7th, 2016.2016 as ''VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake''. Not even a day later, Nintendo's lawyers issued a DMCA, causing all links to the download to be yanked offline. Similar to the ''Streets 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.
10th Mar '17 7:07:33 PM rjd1922
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* At times, several music videos of ''[[WesternAnimation/{{DTV}} Disney's DTV]]''were pulled from Website/YouTube due to music rights. In 2009, Several of them were blocked by WMG (Warner Music Group).

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* At times, several music videos of ''[[WesternAnimation/{{DTV}} Disney's DTV]]''were DTV]]'' were pulled from Website/YouTube due to music rights. In 2009, Several of them were blocked by WMG (Warner Music Group).
7th Mar '17 7:35:08 PM gjjones
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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. 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 already been made available to the public 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}}'', story, but it got locked away. away thanks to a clause in Robin Williams's will. His estate informed the company that his will included a the clause that bars any further usage of voice recordings and likenesses that had not been already been made available to the public 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.
4th Mar '17 10:39:02 AM StarSword
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* After [[Music/{{Doro}} Doro Pesch]] realized she was the only original member of Music/{{Warlock}} left, she intended to continue using the name for what was essentially now her backing band as a solo artist, but the band's former manager Peter Zimmermann sued for the name rights and won. Pesch began using "Doro" as her touring name, though she eventually regained the rights to the name "Warlock" in 2011.
1st Mar '17 11:33:28 AM dmcreif
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** This has created a Catch-22: When Marvel does regain a new property, it's usually only because the property's reputation had been too badly tarnished by the previous studio to continue making sequels. After ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' did poor business at the box office (which many blamed on the [[Film/{{Hulk}} previous]] adaptation), Marvel decided not to rush out and try to integrate these properties right away, instead opting to focus on newer characters like ComicBook/BlackPanther, ComicBook/TheInhumans, and [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]]. This is why Daredevil was relegated to a Creator/{{Netflix}} [[Series/{{Daredevil2015}} TV show]] instead of a full-fledged movie reboot (which turned out to be for the better, as it was greatly acclaimed on release), and why it's unlikely we'll be seeing ''Blade'' or ''The Punisher'' reboots anytime soon (The Punisher, however, is a major character in ''[[Series/{{Daredevil2015}} Daredevil's]]'' second season.):

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** This has created a Catch-22: When Marvel does regain a new property, it's usually only because the property's reputation had been too badly tarnished by the previous studio to continue making sequels. After ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' did poor business at the box office (which many blamed on the [[Film/{{Hulk}} previous]] adaptation), Marvel decided not to rush out and try to integrate these properties right away, instead opting to focus on newer characters like ComicBook/BlackPanther, ComicBook/TheInhumans, and [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]]. This is why Daredevil was relegated to a Creator/{{Netflix}} [[Series/{{Daredevil2015}} TV show]] instead of a full-fledged movie reboot (which turned out to be for the better, as it was greatly acclaimed on release), and why it's unlikely we'll be seeing ''Blade'' or ''The Punisher'' reboots anytime soon (The Punisher, however, is a major character in ''[[Series/{{Daredevil2015}} Daredevil's]]'' second season.season, and eventually [[Series/ThePunisher got his own show greenlit]].):



** ''Series/Daredevil2015'' killed off Ben Urich in season 1 due to the rights disputes between Sony and Marvel at the time of production. This is also why the ''Daily Bugle'' is renamed the ''New York Bulletin'', and J. Jonah Jameson is replaced with Mitchell Ellison. Ellison also ends up taking on Ben Urich's mentor role in season 2.

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** ''Series/Daredevil2015'' killed off Ben Urich in season 1 due to the rights disputes between Sony and Marvel at the time of production. This is also why the ''Daily Bugle'' is renamed the ''New York Bulletin'', and J. Jonah Jameson is replaced with Mitchell Ellison. Because of Urich being killed off, Ellison also ends up taking on Ben Urich's role as a mentor role to Karen Page in season 2.
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.
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