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16th Sep '17 6:38:04 AM GoodGamer14
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** And as of June 2017, [[EarnYourHappyEnding there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel at last]], as a California court finally [[https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=13613987763006822039&hl=en&as_sdt=6&as_vis=1&oi=scholarr rejected Harmony Gold's claim of them holding the Macross license in perpetuity]], resulting in the license officially expiring in 2022.

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** And as of June 2017, [[EarnYourHappyEnding there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel at last]], as a California court finally [[https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=13613987763006822039&hl=en&as_sdt=6&as_vis=1&oi=scholarr rejected Harmony Gold's claim of them holding the Macross license in perpetuity]], resulting in the license officially expiring in 2022.2022, meaning that if Tatsunoko doesn't care, the ''Robotech'' franchise is done and over by 2022 as they will also lose the rights to ''Mospeada'' and ''Southern Cross''.
16th Sep '17 4:14:13 AM amitakartok
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** And as of June 2017, [[EarnYourHappyEnding there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel at last]], as a California court finally [[https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=13613987763006822039&hl=en&as_sdt=6&as_vis=1&oi=scholarr rejected Harmony Gold's claim of them holding the Macross license in perpetuity]], resulting in the license officially expiring in 2022.
11th Sep '17 8:28:14 AM comicwriter
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** It's also been stated that something similar exists for the Skrulls and the ComicBook/SubMariner. The Skrulls were kept out of the ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' because Marvel shares the rights with Fox, and Namor has not yet been seen in the MCU because of legal issues with Creator/UniversalStudios.
** The main caveat with the film rights is basically "use it or lose it", meaning that if certain film rights aren't used, they revert back to Marvel[[note]] A notorious example of this is Creator/NewLineCinema's ''Film/BladeTrilogy'', based off Marvel's ''ComicBook/{{Blade}}'' franchise. Creator/WesleySnipes' three-year prison sentence for [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor tax evasion]] led to Marvel Comics yanking the film rights from New Line/Creator/WarnerBros due to the studios being deemed unable to pull off a fourth film on time without Snipes[[/note]]. Thus, Fox is rushing out ''X-Men'' films in rapid succession to keep the film rights away from Marvel, while Sony has decided to share the rights to ''Spider-Man'' with Marvel in hopes that they will be able to make more profits off the character than they did doing it alone; conversely, they both gave up entirely on Ghost Rider and Daredevil due to their box office weakness under their tenure[[note]]In a similar vein, Creator/LionsGate gave up on ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' after their ''third'' attempt at starting a franchise, ''Film/PunisherWarZone'', caused HypeBacklash among fans and flopped[[/note]]. The whole rights debacle is also the main reason why the ''Spider-Man'' movies [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan were rebooted]] [[note]]Sony wanted a new ''Spider-Man'' movie out the door as quickly as possible before the rights expired, but Creator/SamRaimi rejected the scripts he was presented and left, taking Creator/TobeyMaguire with him, forcing Sony to hastily start anew to prevent the lapsing, to extremely unfavorable reactions.[[/note]], and after the [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2 sequel]] somewhat flopped they struck the aforementioned deal with Marvel. As for the ''Fantastic Four'', Fox hoped to get it right [[Film/FantasticFour2015 a second time]] to justify keeping the rights away from Marvel, but it ended up receiving the worst reception of any Marvel superhero movie, making it highly likely Fox will give up on that as well.

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** It's also been stated that something similar exists for the Skrulls and the ComicBook/SubMariner. The Skrulls were kept out of the ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' because Marvel shares the rights with Fox, and Namor has not yet been seen in the MCU because of legal issues with Creator/UniversalStudios.
Creator/UniversalStudios. The Skrulls were finally confirmed to appear in the ''Film/CaptainMarvel'' movie, but many of the named Skrulls created in the ''Fantastic Four'' (such as the Super-Skrull) cannot be used by Marvel.
** The main caveat with the film rights is basically "use it or lose it", meaning that if certain film rights aren't used, they revert back to Marvel[[note]] A notorious example of this is Creator/NewLineCinema's ''Film/BladeTrilogy'', based off Marvel's ''ComicBook/{{Blade}}'' franchise. Creator/WesleySnipes' three-year prison sentence for [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor tax evasion]] led to Marvel Comics yanking the film rights from New Line/Creator/WarnerBros due to the studios being deemed unable to pull off a fourth film on time without Snipes[[/note]]. Thus, Fox is rushing out ''X-Men'' films in rapid succession to keep the film rights away from Marvel, while Sony has decided to share the rights to ''Spider-Man'' with Marvel in hopes that they will be able to make more profits off the character than they did doing it alone; conversely, they both gave up entirely on Ghost Rider and Daredevil due to their box office weakness under their tenure[[note]]In a similar vein, Creator/LionsGate gave up on ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' after their ''third'' attempt at starting a franchise, ''Film/PunisherWarZone'', caused HypeBacklash among fans and flopped[[/note]]. The whole rights debacle is also the main reason why the ''Spider-Man'' movies [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan were rebooted]] [[note]]Sony wanted a new ''Spider-Man'' movie out the door as quickly as possible before the rights expired, but Creator/SamRaimi rejected the scripts he was presented and left, taking Creator/TobeyMaguire with him, forcing Sony to hastily start anew to prevent the lapsing, to extremely unfavorable reactions.[[/note]], and after the [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2 sequel]] somewhat flopped they struck the aforementioned deal with Marvel. As for the ''Fantastic Four'', Fox hoped to get it right [[Film/FantasticFour2015 a second time]] to justify keeping the rights away from Marvel, but it ended up receiving the worst reception of any Marvel superhero movie, making it highly likely Fox will give up on that as well.movie.



** ''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 ends up taking on Urich's role as a mentor to Karen Page 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 could not feature ''The Daily Bugle'' is renamed newspaper because, at the ''New time, Sony and Marvel had not yet struck the deal to share the movie rights to the Spider-Man franchise. As a result, Ben Urich instead worked for a paper called ''The New York Bulletin'', and his boss J. Jonah Jameson is was replaced with a CanonForeigner named Mitchell Ellison. Because of Urich being killed off, Ellison ends up taking on Urich's role as a mentor to Karen Page in season 2.Ellison.
29th Aug '17 2:02:45 AM OnoderaTearer
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* While ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' was released in the US, the DVD/Blu-Ray release had altered opening and ending music. This is because the opening and ending themes were written by 60's pop maven Neil Sedaka, who for reasons unclear (whether licensing fees, OldShame or worries about being seen as {{Japandering}}) has not assented to their use outside of Japan. This also affects Japan as whenever ''Zeta Gundam'' is used in a ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' game, they end up using one of the series' incidental musics instead.

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* While ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' was released in the US, the DVD/Blu-Ray release had altered opening and ending music. This is because the opening and ending themes were written by 60's pop maven Neil Sedaka, who for reasons unclear (whether licensing fees, OldShame or worries about being seen as {{Japandering}}) has not assented to their use outside of Japan. This also affects Japan as whenever ''Zeta Gundam'' is used in a ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' or ''VideoGame/GundamVsSeries'' game, they end up using one of the series' incidental musics instead.
24th Aug '17 10:44:46 AM rjd1922
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Sometimes, the reason why a trademark is so zealously protected is because the holder wants to prevent it from entering common use as a generic term, which would cause them to lose it. This has happened with Aspirin (once a Bayer trademark[[note]]Although UsefulNotes/WorldWarI helped put a nail in that coffin[[/note]][[note]]Heroin was also, but Bayer isn't smarting as much over that one, [[OldShame for obvious reasons]][[/note]]), Cellophane, and other "genericized" trademarks. It's also why most productions bend over backwards to make sure that RealLife product names [[BlandNameProduct are not mentioned at all]] (unless as ProductPlacement), and certainly ''never'' as generics. But note that this only applies to trademarks, not to copyrights. Additionally, note that (contrary to the common misunderstanding of this law) a company is never legally ''required'' to protect a trademark in order to keep it -- they don't lose it simply for failing to protect it; they only lose it if it enters common use as a generic term to the point where it is no longer trademarkable.

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Sometimes, the reason why a trademark is so zealously protected is because the holder wants to prevent it from [[BrandNameTakeover entering common use as a generic term, term]], which would cause them to lose it. This has happened with Aspirin (once a Bayer trademark[[note]]Although UsefulNotes/WorldWarI helped put a nail in that coffin[[/note]][[note]]Heroin was also, but Bayer isn't smarting as much over that one, [[OldShame for obvious reasons]][[/note]]), Cellophane, and other "genericized" trademarks. It's also why most productions bend over backwards to make sure that RealLife product names [[BlandNameProduct are not mentioned at all]] (unless as ProductPlacement), and certainly ''never'' as generics. But note that this only applies to trademarks, not to copyrights. Additionally, note that (contrary to the common misunderstanding of this law) a company is never legally ''required'' to protect a trademark in order to keep it -- they don't lose it simply for failing to protect it; they only lose it if it enters common use as a generic term to the point where it is no longer trademarkable.
23rd Aug '17 8:28:24 AM astrixzero
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* In light of the then-upcoming release of the [[NoExportForYou Japan-exclusive]] ''VideoGame/ShiningArk'', Sega has launched something of a crusade against anyone who has uploaded videos of older ''Franchise/ShiningSeries'' games to Website/YouTube and/or Website/NicoNicoDouga, hitting many uploaders' accounts on both sides of the pond (including popular commentator [[Creator/TheCynicalBrit TotalBiscuit]]) with DMCA notices and causing a number of uploaders to either pull their videos immediately or even see their accounts being shut down as a result. [=TotalBiscuit=] refuses to discuss Sega games at all to this day because of this incident.

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* In light of the then-upcoming release of the [[NoExportForYou Japan-exclusive]] ''VideoGame/ShiningArk'', Sega has launched something of a crusade against anyone who has uploaded videos of older ''Franchise/ShiningSeries'' games to Website/YouTube and/or Website/NicoNicoDouga, hitting many uploaders' accounts on both sides of the pond (including popular commentator [[Creator/TheCynicalBrit TotalBiscuit]]) with DMCA notices and causing a number of uploaders to either pull their videos immediately or even see their accounts being shut down as a result. [=TotalBiscuit=] refuses to discuss Sega games at all to this day until 2017 because of this incident.



** As of December 2016, ''Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3'' is now available for UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}}, including the aforementioned DLC.

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** As of December 2016, ''Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3'' is now available 3'', ''Deadpool'', and ''Marvel: Ultimate Alliance'' were rereleased for UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}}, ''UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 4}}'', ''UsefulNotes/{{Xbox One}}'', and ''UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}'' including the aforementioned DLC.DLC.


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**As of 2017, the five Capcom NES games received a CompilationRerelease in the form of ''The Disney Afternoon Collection''.
4th Aug '17 6:53:50 PM KoopaKid17
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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' had a game based on the See 'n Say toy where a main character would say a line if the pointer landed on the corresponding picture. The game was revamped in 2007 to a simple toy with buttons albeit serving the same purpose. The legal issues associated with the change are apparently so extreme that the site's wiki [[UnPerson bars any mention of the See 'n Say version]]. In spite of this, the original game still can be accessed as a secret page.

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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' had a game based on the See 'n Say toy where a main character would say a line speak if the pointer landed on the corresponding picture. The game was revamped in 2007 to a simple generic toy with buttons albeit serving making the characters say the same purpose. lines. The legal issues implications associated with the change are apparently so extreme that the site's wiki [[UnPerson bars any ANY mention of the See 'n Say version]]. In spite of this, the original game still can be accessed as a secret page.
4th Aug '17 10:11:10 AM KoopaKid17
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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' had a game based on the See 'n Say toy where a main character would say a line if the pointer landed on the corresponding picture. The game was revamped in 2007 to a simple toy with buttons albeit serving the same purpose. The legal issues associated with the change are apparently so extreme that the site's wiki [[UnPerson bars any mention of the See 'n Say version]]. In spite of this, the original game still can be accessed as a secret page.
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2nd Aug '17 11:20:24 PM Twentington
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* Scholastic, the #1 publishing company, did not see a major re-release of its' ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' video game (for UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis) on UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} due to Creator/{{Nintendo}} not getting a Virtual Console edition at all.

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* Scholastic, the #1 publishing company, did not see a major re-release of its' its ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' video game (for UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis) on UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} due to Creator/{{Nintendo}} not getting a Virtual Console edition at all.
2nd Aug '17 1:13:36 PM DarkChirano
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** ''WebVideo/TheCompletionist'' was forced into a reboot when Jirard was given a request by his former partner Greg to remove all the videos that he was in, which numbered in the dozens. He decided to allow viewers to download the original videos until the start of September 2017 when he would remove them.

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** * ''WebVideo/TheCompletionist'' was forced into a reboot when Jirard was given a request by his former partner Greg to remove all the videos that he was in, which numbered in the dozens. He decided to allow viewers to download the original videos until the start of September 2017 when he would remove them.
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