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25th Aug '16 1:01:05 PM unokkun
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* Death From Above 1979 were originally Death From Above, and released two [=EPs=] under that name. The "1979" was added to their name due to a legal dispute with the record label DFA [[note]] DFA Records was originally Death From Above Records, but started abbreviating the name [[TooSoon after 9/11]]

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* Death From Above 1979 were originally Death From Above, and released two [=EPs=] under that name. The "1979" was added to their name due to a legal dispute with the record label DFA [[note]] DFA Records was originally Death From Above Records, but started abbreviating the name [[TooSoon after 9/11]]9/11]][[/note]]
25th Aug '16 12:55:30 PM unokkun
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* A Tolkien-related lawsuit was the reason why ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has Balors instead of Balrogs and treants instead of Ents. {{Hobbits}} were renamed to halflings, which is apparently OK even though ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' uses it as a synonym for hobbits. (the word "halfling" existed before Tolkien's works, however) At least in earlier editions, the D&D Halflings still bear a much-too-close resemblance to Tolkien's Hobbits, particularly with their division into Hairfoots, Tallfellows and Stouts (with Tolkien's Hobbits being Harfoots, Fallohides and Stoors).

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* A Tolkien-related lawsuit was the reason why ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has Balors instead of Balrogs and treants instead of Ents. {{Hobbits}} were renamed to halflings, which is apparently OK even though ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' uses it as a synonym for hobbits. (the word "halfling" existed before Tolkien's works, however) At least in earlier editions, the D&D Halflings still bear a much-too-close resemblance to Tolkien's Hobbits, particularly with their division into Hairfoots, Tallfellows and Stouts (with Tolkien's Hobbits being Harfoots, Fallohides Fallohides[[note]]meaning "paleskins"[[/note]] and Stoors).
24th Aug '16 3:54:52 PM tropower
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* There are two different performers named "Sean Paul". One is a hip-hop artist who is a member of a hip-hop group called "The Youngbloodz", while the other is a reggae / dancehall singer. The former called himself "Sean Paul of the Youngbloodz" for a while, but is now known today as "Sean P".
24th Aug '16 3:34:10 PM tropower
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** This is also the reason why the song "Does the Spearmint Lose its Flavor (on the Bedpost Overnight)" was renamed "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose its Flavor (on the Bedpost Overnight)".
23rd Aug '16 9:40:04 AM LondonKdS
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* In ''ComicBook/JackStaff'', Paul Grist's legal settlement with the copyright owners of the old British supervillain the Spider (who Grist had written into the comic in the mistaken assumption that he was public domain) primarily involved a promise never to refer to the character as "the Spider" again, but only by the civilian pseudonym Grist had already give him of "[[SignificantAnagram Alfred Chinard]]".

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* In ''ComicBook/JackStaff'', Paul Grist's legal settlement with the copyright owners of the old British supervillain the Spider (who Grist had written into the comic in the mistaken assumption that he was public domain) primarily involved a promise never to refer to the character as "the Spider" again, but only by the civilian pseudonym Grist had already give him of "[[SignificantAnagram Alfred Chinard]]". This is a particularly lax example as the rightsholders seem to have no problem with the early issues in which he is explicitly identified as the Spider still being included unaltered in the TPB collections.
9th Aug '16 3:07:22 PM unokkun
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** The entire Necromancer subplot is a more complicated example. Warner Brothers can use anything mentioned in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' or ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', including appendices, and the basic outline of the whys and whats of Gandalf's doings around ''The Hobbit'' can be drawn from that -- but the more detailed account is in ''The Quest of Erebor'' (written as, essentially, Gandalf's perspective on ''The Hobbit''), which was off limits. The end result is that the Necromancer subplot is in broad strokes the same as in ''The Quest of Erebor'', but ''has'' to be different in the details because if it wasn't they'd be adapting something they don't have the right to.

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** The entire Necromancer subplot is a more complicated example. Warner Brothers can use anything mentioned in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' or ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', including appendices, and the basic outline of the whys and whats of Gandalf's doings around ''The Hobbit'' can be drawn from that -- but the more detailed account is in ''The Quest of Erebor'' [[note]]also published in ''Literature/UnfinishedTales''[[/note]] (written as, essentially, Gandalf's perspective on ''The Hobbit''), which was off limits. The end result is that the Necromancer subplot is in broad strokes the same as in ''The Quest of Erebor'', but ''has'' to be different in the details because if it wasn't they'd be adapting something they don't have the right to.
26th Jul '16 2:55:35 AM LondonKdS
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** The ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Up A Tree" obtrusively refers to a "discus".
25th Jul '16 4:51:09 AM Malady
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* Franchise/{{Transformers}} has a MirrorUniverse called ''[[ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass Shattered Glass.]]'' One of the characters is named Sephie Beller, a technofile, Decepticon fangirl, and aspiring {{Transhuman}}. Sephie is short for Josephina, which is more commonly abbreviated as Josie. In the original G1 continuity, Josie Beller was paralyzed in an accident, and after a WeCanRebuildHim moment, re-emerged as the Transformer-hating Circuit Breaker. However, the rights to Transfoemrs comics has changed hands over the years, and IDW cannot use either the name Josie Beller or Circuit Breaker, because Creator/MarvelComics still has the rights to them (they made sure to have her appear first in ''ComicBook/SecretWarsII'' just for that reason).

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* Franchise/{{Transformers}} has a MirrorUniverse called ''[[ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass Shattered Glass.]]'' One of the characters is named Sephie Beller, a technofile, technophile, Decepticon fangirl, and aspiring {{Transhuman}}. Sephie is short for Josephina, which is more commonly abbreviated as Josie. In the original G1 continuity, Josie Beller was paralyzed in an accident, and after a WeCanRebuildHim moment, re-emerged as the Transformer-hating Circuit Breaker. However, the rights to Transfoemrs comics has changed hands over the years, and IDW cannot use either the name Josie Beller or Circuit Breaker, because Creator/MarvelComics still has the rights to them (they made sure to have her appear first in ''ComicBook/SecretWarsII'' just for that reason).
10th Jul '16 8:52:16 PM AfroThunder
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* ''Film/ManInTheMirrorTheMichaelJacksonStory'' was not given Music/MichaelJackson's authorization. While the producers initially got around it by having the actor portraying Jackson re-enact most of the poses used in his album covers and posters, they hit a brick wall when it came to his music. As a result, they could only mention the names of the songs and albums, while scenes showing Jackson on stage used horribly unfitting music that didn't sound even remotely close to the originals.


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* ''Series/TheJacksonsAnAmericanDream'' re-enacted Music/MichaelJackson's infamous 1984 Pepsi commercial accident but avoided legal issues by simply not mentioning Pepsi at all or using their logos.
4th Jul '16 8:04:57 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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** Skyfire's earliest design itself has underwent an OrwellianRetcon because... It's the [[Anime/SuperDimensionalFortressMacross VF-1]] bought from [[Creator/NamcoBandai Bandai]].

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** Skyfire's earliest design itself has underwent an OrwellianRetcon because... It's the [[Anime/SuperDimensionalFortressMacross [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross VF-1]] bought from [[Creator/NamcoBandai Bandai]].
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