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17th Apr '18 8:24:29 PM Willbyr
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If word gets out online, the original name may still be used by the [[FanNickname fans]]. Efforts to have this listed as a violation of intellectual property are no doubt pending. ''However'', certain uses are ([[WeAllLiveInAmerica at least in the United States]]) covered under what are known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use Fair Use Laws]].

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If word gets out online, the original name may still be used by the [[FanNickname fans]].{{fan|Nickname}}s. Efforts to have this listed as a violation of intellectual property are no doubt pending. ''However'', certain uses are ([[WeAllLiveInAmerica at least in the United States]]) covered under what are known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use Fair Use Laws]].






11th Apr '18 6:39:32 PM eroock
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* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' makes a reference to Facebook pages as 'profile pages' in "Who's There", without saying the name of the site.
11th Apr '18 6:36:13 PM eroock
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* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' just called Facebook pages 'profile pages' in one ep, to avoid license issues.
11th Apr '18 6:28:41 PM eroock
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* Played for laughs in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' an early comic. Elan encounters a Mind Flayer, only for it to be dragged away by a pair of lawyers sent by [[Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast the spoooooooky wizard who lives by the coast]]. The Beholder scheduled to be in the next comic is then sent away before the lawyers notice. Later, the comic introduces [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0044.html Zz'dtri]], a Dark Elf who, as the characters note, comes from a race comprised entirely of edgy anti-heroes who have to carry scimitars - cruclearly a rip-off of famous D&D character Drizzit Do'Urden. V defeats Zz'dtri by loudly announcing that Zz'dtri reminds them an awful lot of a "certain popular fantasy author's intellectual property", causing him to be dragged away by the lawyers. [[spoiler:He then returns ''[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0789.html 700 strips later]]'', with the only explanation of how he avoided imprisonment for copyright infringment being "Parody is protected speech".]]

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* Played for laughs in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' an early comic. Elan encounters a Mind Flayer, only for it to be dragged away by a pair of lawyers sent by [[Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast the spoooooooky wizard who lives by the coast]]. The Beholder scheduled to be in the next comic is then sent away before the lawyers notice. Later, the comic introduces [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0044.html Zz'dtri]], a Dark Elf who, as the characters note, comes from a race comprised entirely of edgy anti-heroes who have to carry scimitars - cruclearly clearly a rip-off of famous D&D character Drizzit Do'Urden. V defeats Zz'dtri by loudly announcing that Zz'dtri reminds them an awful lot of a "certain popular fantasy author's intellectual property", causing him to be dragged away by the lawyers. [[spoiler:He then returns ''[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0789.html 700 strips later]]'', with the only explanation of how he avoided imprisonment for copyright infringment being "Parody is protected speech".]]
11th Apr '18 6:26:40 PM eroock
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* Many in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
** Bueno Nacho is an analogue of Taco Bueno.
** The supermarket chain Smarty-Mart, a blatant reference to Wal-Mart.
** Kim goes to see ChickFlick ''The Memo Pad'' with Shego. (''Film/TheNotebook'')
** Drakken gets himself on American Starmaker as part of an EvilPlan.
** Towards the end, there's a magazine called ''Humans'' (probably a stand-in for ''People'' magazine).
** There's also Ballroom With B Actors, and celebs like the Holsen twins, Britina and Oh Boyz.
** Sometimes this would be inconsistent: Creator/BradPitt and Creator/JuliaRoberts are mentioned by name, where others make a LawyerFriendlyCameo, and Ron has the Sony Ericsson ringtone.
11th Apr '18 6:16:43 PM eroock
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* ''WesternAnimation/StreetFootball'': In one episode, Eloise makes a web search at ''Geeglo''.
11th Apr '18 6:14:42 PM eroock
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* ''Comicbook/AvengersArena'' had Captain Britain refer to Facebook and Twitter as "Wastebook" and "Fritter". Doubly clever since it both gets around trademarks and gets across Captain Britain's disdain for them.
11th Apr '18 6:13:23 PM eroock
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* Franchise/{{Transformers}} has a MirrorUniverse called ''ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass''. One of the characters is named Sephie Beller, a 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).

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* Franchise/{{Transformers}} has a MirrorUniverse called ''ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass''. One of the characters is named Sephie Beller, a 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 Transformers 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).
8th Apr '18 10:44:00 PM nombretomado
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* ''The Last V8'' for the Commodore 64 is clearly based on ''Film/MadMax'', which had a LicensedGame on the NES.

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* ''The Last V8'' for the Commodore 64 is clearly based on ''Film/MadMax'', ''Film/MadMax1'', which had a LicensedGame on the NES.
3rd Apr '18 8:51:01 PM Bananaquit
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* This was ''obviously'' the plan with ''Film/TheWildWorldOfBatwoman'', trying to cash in on the popularity of ''Series/{{Batman}}''. DC got wise to it and, for the longest time, it was renamed "I Was A Teenage Vampire" and had an extra scene added to reveal that the girls were "synthetic vampires". Years later, DC didn't really give two shits about this film and, by the time it showed up on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', it was restored to its old title.

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* This was ''obviously'' the plan with ''Film/TheWildWorldOfBatwoman'', trying to cash in on the popularity of ''Series/{{Batman}}''. DC got wise to it and, for the longest time, it was renamed "I ''She Was A Teenage Vampire" a Hippy Vampire'' and had an extra scene added to reveal that the girls were "synthetic vampires". Years later, DC didn't really give two shits about this film and, by the time it showed up on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', it was restored to its old title.



* Music/KingCrimson did a rendition of "Mars: The Bringer of War" from Gustav Holst's ''The Planets'' suite in their early live act. The composer's estate objected to a rock band performing an adaptation of his music[[note]]another adaptation of "Mars" had already been prevented from being released on the British LP of Love Sculpture's ''Forms & Feelings''. It did, however, appear on the U.S. release[[/note]], so for the ''In the Wake of Poseidon'' album, the piece was slightly altered and renamed "The Devil's Triangle."



* Played for laughs in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' an early comic. Elan encounters a Mind Flayer, only for it to be dragged away by a pair of lawyers sent by [[Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast the spoooooooky wizard who lives by the coast]]. The Beholder scheduled to be in the next comic is then sent away before the lawyers notice. Later, the comic introduces [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0044.html Zz'dtri]], a Dark Elf who, as the characters note, comes from a race comprised entirely of edgy anti-heroes who have to carry scimitars - clearly a rip-off of famous D&D character Drizzit Do'Urden. V defeats Zz'dtri by loudly announcing that Zz'dtri reminds them an awful lot of a "certain popular fantasy author's intellectual property", causing him to be dragged away by the lawyers. [[spoiler:He then returns ''[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0789.html 700 strips later]]'', with the only explanation of how he avoided imprisonment for copyright infringment being "Parody is protected speech".]]

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* Played for laughs in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' an early comic. Elan encounters a Mind Flayer, only for it to be dragged away by a pair of lawyers sent by [[Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast the spoooooooky wizard who lives by the coast]]. The Beholder scheduled to be in the next comic is then sent away before the lawyers notice. Later, the comic introduces [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0044.html Zz'dtri]], a Dark Elf who, as the characters note, comes from a race comprised entirely of edgy anti-heroes who have to carry scimitars - clearly cruclearly a rip-off of famous D&D character Drizzit Do'Urden. V defeats Zz'dtri by loudly announcing that Zz'dtri reminds them an awful lot of a "certain popular fantasy author's intellectual property", causing him to be dragged away by the lawyers. [[spoiler:He then returns ''[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0789.html 700 strips later]]'', with the only explanation of how he avoided imprisonment for copyright infringment being "Parody is protected speech".]]
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