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21st Jun '17 6:03:34 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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** On the other hand, the whole thing can best be described as a PyrrhicVictory for Penders. While he might have the rights to the names of and some concepts related to the characters he created, he can in most cases not really put them to any use without making heavily alterations to their design as they in their original form would be highly derivative of Sega's property and could therefore easily place him on the receiving end of this trope.

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** On the other hand, Conversely, when it comes to Penders himself, the whole thing affair can best be described as bit of a PyrrhicVictory for Penders.him. While he might have the rights to the names of and some concepts related to the characters he created, he can in most cases not really put them to any use without making heavily alterations to their design as they in their original form would be highly derivative of Sega's property and could therefore easily place him on the receiving end of this trope.
20th Jun '17 9:54:50 PM gjjones
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* After Speed Racer Enterprises's North American license to ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' expired in 2011, Creator/TatsunokoProduction filed a lawsuit against SRE over who owned the franchise in October 2012. One year later, the lawsuit was dismissed and the rights were reverted back to Tatsunoko. Because of this, all Western comic book adaptations of the franchise are out of print, with Digital Manga continuing to publish the original manga, as its publication involved directly working with Tatsunoko.

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* After Speed Racer Enterprises's North American license rights to the ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' franchise expired in 2011, Creator/TatsunokoProduction filed a lawsuit against SRE over who owned the franchise in October 2012. One When the legal issues were sorted out one year later, the lawsuit was dismissed and the rights were reverted back to Tatsunoko. Because of this, all Western comic book adaptations of the franchise are out of print, with Digital Manga continuing to publish the original manga, as its publication involved directly working with Tatsunoko.
20th Jun '17 9:53:27 PM gjjones
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* After the North American license to ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' expired in 2011, Creator/{{Tatsunoko}} filed a lawsuit against Speed Racer Enterprises over who owned the franchise in October 2012. One year later, the lawsuit was dismissed and the rights were reverted back to Tatsunoko. Because of this, all Western comic book adaptations of the franchise are out of print, with Digital Manga continuing to publish the original manga, as its publication involved directly working with Tatsunoko.

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* After the Speed Racer Enterprises's North American license to ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' expired in 2011, Creator/{{Tatsunoko}} Creator/TatsunokoProduction filed a lawsuit against Speed Racer Enterprises SRE over who owned the franchise in October 2012. One year later, the lawsuit was dismissed and the rights were reverted back to Tatsunoko. Because of this, all Western comic book adaptations of the franchise are out of print, with Digital Manga continuing to publish the original manga, as its publication involved directly working with Tatsunoko.
20th Jun '17 9:52:42 PM gjjones
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* ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' got hit with this in its American release: as a tribute to Creator/TeamFourStar and ''WebOriginal/DragonBallAbridged'', Funimation allowed the ''Abridged'' actors to voice a short skit in ''Kai'' (the SoBadItsGood re-enactment of the Cell Games). Toei, who have never liked the Abridged series, stepped in and refused to allow that to be broadcast, forcing Funimation to re-use their old lines from the original ''Dragon Ball Z'' dub. American fans were not amused in the slightest. The footage will supposedly be available as a special feature on the DVD release.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' got hit with this in its American release: as a tribute to Creator/TeamFourStar and ''WebOriginal/DragonBallAbridged'', Funimation allowed the ''Abridged'' actors to voice a short skit in ''Kai'' (the SoBadItsGood re-enactment of the Cell Games). Toei, Toei Animation, who have never liked the Abridged ''Abridged'' series, stepped in intervened and refused to allow that to be broadcast, forcing Funimation to re-use their old lines from the original ''Dragon Ball Z'' dub. American fans were not amused in the slightest. The footage will supposedly be available as a special feature on the DVD release.


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* After the North American license to ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' expired in 2011, Creator/{{Tatsunoko}} filed a lawsuit against Speed Racer Enterprises over who owned the franchise in October 2012. One year later, the lawsuit was dismissed and the rights were reverted back to Tatsunoko. Because of this, all Western comic book adaptations of the franchise are out of print, with Digital Manga continuing to publish the original manga, as its publication involved directly working with Tatsunoko.
20th Jun '17 8:10:20 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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** On the other hand, the whole thing can best be described as a PyrrhicVictory for Penders. While he might have the rights to the names of and some concepts related to the characters he created, he can in most cases not really put them to any use without making heavily alterations to their design as they in their original form would be highly derivative of SEGA's property and could easily place him of the receiving end of this trope.

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** On the other hand, the whole thing can best be described as a PyrrhicVictory for Penders. While he might have the rights to the names of and some concepts related to the characters he created, he can in most cases not really put them to any use without making heavily alterations to their design as they in their original form would be highly derivative of SEGA's Sega's property and could therefore easily place him of on the receiving end of this trope.
20th Jun '17 8:09:28 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* In 2010, Ken Penders, former head writer of ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', filed copyright claims for all of his characters and creations in an attempt to [[MoneyDearBoy gain royalties for their use]], promoting Archie Comics to file a lawsuit against him and take him to court to disprove his claims. While things didn't seem all that bad at first, the case began to swing in Penders' favor when it became clear that Archie could not prove their ownership of the properties in question and caused so many delays in court that the judge threatened to throw the case out, which would give Penders the victory by default.[[note]]The exact details are unknown, but Penders proclaims that the original contracts were destroyed -- how they were is disputed; one account suggests fire, another a careless intern destroyed them.[[/note]] In a panic, Archie decided to remove all of Penders' creations from the comic while it was in the middle of a story arc that centered around them, throwing the plot completely out of whack and making fans (and the creative staff) livid. In the end, the two sides settled, and though Penders stated that Archie could be allowed to use his creations anyway, the conditions he put up for that didn't sit well with Archie and they instead decided to perform a soft reboot for the series via a CosmicRetcon at the end of ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide''. The character removals also extended to all creators whose names were not Sega, DiC or Ian Flynn.
** 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. This is why the Freedom Fighters' only game appearance was in ''VideoGame/SonicSpinball'' - it was American-made.

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* In 2010, Ken Penders, former head writer of ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', filed copyright claims for all of his characters and creations in an attempt to [[MoneyDearBoy gain royalties for their use]], promoting Archie Comics to file a lawsuit against him and take him to court to disprove his claims. While things didn't seem all that bad at first, the case began to swing in Penders' favor when it became clear that Archie could not prove their ownership of the properties in question question, mostly due to having somehow misplaced a lot of paperwork including Penders' original contract, and caused so many delays in court that the judge threatened to throw the case out, which would give Penders the victory by default.[[note]]The exact details are unknown, but Penders proclaims that the original contracts were destroyed -- how they were is disputed; one account suggests fire, another a careless intern destroyed them.[[/note]] In a panic, Archie decided to remove all of Penders' creations from the comic while it was in the middle of a story arc that centered around them, throwing the plot completely out of whack and making fans (and the creative staff) livid. In the end, the two sides settled, and though Penders stated that Archie could be allowed to use his creations anyway, the conditions he put up for that didn't sit well with Archie and they instead decided to perform a soft reboot for the series via a CosmicRetcon at the end of ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide''. The character removals also extended to all creators whose names were not Sega, DiC or Ian Flynn.
** On the other hand, the whole thing can best be described as a PyrrhicVictory for Penders. While he might have the rights to the names of and some concepts related to the characters he created, he can in most cases not really put them to any use without making heavily alterations to their design as they in their original form would be highly derivative of SEGA's property and could easily place him of the receiving end of this trope.
** 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. This is why the Freedom Fighters' only game appearance was in ''VideoGame/SonicSpinball'' - -- it was American-made.
13th Jun '17 10:11:33 AM 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 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.

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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 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 Fans took this about as well as you would expect. (This was because Nintendo was working on their ''own'' remake of ''Metroid II'', ''VideoGame/MetroidSamusReturns'', and didn't want the game fan remake to interfere with the release of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeFederationForce''. Fans that were angry at Nintendo's actions vowed to boycott ''Federation Force'' in protest.interfere.)
12th Jun '17 2:27:50 PM Midna
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** At the start of 2017, the series abruptly went into an indefinite hiatus, leaving the fate of the series in limbo. It's not clear why exactly, but it was evidently due to Sega pulling the rights from them for some reason or another, since negotiations between the companies are ongoing.

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** At the start of 2017, the series abruptly went into an indefinite hiatus, leaving the fate of the series comic in limbo. It's not clear why exactly, but it was evidently due to Sega pulling the rights from them Archie for some reason or another, since negotiations between the companies are ongoing.
12th Jun '17 1:39:38 PM Midna
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** At the start of 2017, the series abruptly went into an indefinite hiatus, leaving the fate of the series in limbo. It's not clear why exactly, but it was evidently due to Sega pulling the rights from them for some reason or another, since negotiations between the companies are ongoing.
12th Jun '17 7:16:04 AM SSJMagus
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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic performed a parody of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" called "You're Pitiful," and intended to release as a track to the album ''Straight Outta Lynwood''. However, after recording completed, Atlantic Records (Blunt's label) prohibited Yankovic from releasing the song, despite Blunt giving prior approval to writing and liking the parody. It was later released as a free downloadable single on [=MySpace=] and has played it in concert, but it has never seen a general release to this day. The music video for an unrelated song, "White & Nerdy," features a massive TakeThat to Atlantic in which Yankovic vandalizes the Atlantic Records Wikipedia page with the words "YOU SUCK!," something his fans actually proceeded to do following the video's release.

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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic performed a parody of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" called "You're Pitiful," and intended to release as a track to the album ''Straight Outta Lynwood''. However, after recording completed, Atlantic Records (Blunt's label) prohibited Yankovic from releasing the song, despite Blunt giving prior approval to writing and liking the parody. ''Legally'' Atlantic had no authority to block the release; parody is well established as being protected speech and no permission is required. Yankovic seeks permission from the original artists of songs he wants to parody simply as a courtesy. It was later released as a free downloadable single on [=MySpace=] and has played it in concert, but it has never seen a general release to this day. The music video for an unrelated song, "White & Nerdy," features a massive TakeThat to Atlantic in which Yankovic vandalizes the Atlantic Records Wikipedia page with the words "YOU SUCK!," something his fans actually proceeded to do following the video's release.
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