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22nd Nov '17 11:45:05 AM UglyPanda
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* In the late 1990s, Wrestling/VinceRusso had the brilliant idea to introduce a wrestling vampire named [[Wrestling/DavidHeath Gangrel]]. It was a great idea...that White Wolf already had when making the Gangrel vampire clan in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''. The Wrestling/{{WWE}} (then the WWF) was able to get a deal that kept his name for the small token of putting White Wolf's name at the beginning of every broadcast (and video game) he appeared in. When Gangrel showed up years later on ''Raw'' in a one-off appearance, White Wolf sued WWE for trying to infringe upon their trademark; they lost due to the fact that they couldn't prove that the usage of the name for that one-shot appearance was enough to be infringing. In the WWE Encyclopedia, his entry is "David Heath (Known in WWE as Gangrel)".

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* In the late 1990s, Wrestling/VinceRusso had the brilliant idea to introduce a wrestling vampire named [[Wrestling/DavidHeath Gangrel]]. It was a great idea...that White Wolf already had when making the Gangrel vampire clan in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''. Allegedly a writer was given a White Wolf book as reference material and didn't realize that half the clan names were invented by the publisher. The Wrestling/{{WWE}} (then the WWF) was able to get a deal that kept his name for the small token of putting White Wolf's name at the beginning of every broadcast (and video game) he appeared in. When Gangrel showed up years later on ''Raw'' in a one-off appearance, White Wolf sued WWE for trying to infringe upon their trademark; they lost due to the fact that they couldn't prove that the usage of the name for that one-shot appearance was enough to be infringing. In the WWE Encyclopedia, his entry is "David Heath (Known in WWE as Gangrel)".
14th Nov '17 8:13:48 PM PaulA
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* The Motion-Sensor Bomb and Cloaking Device items in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series originally hailed from ''VideoGame/GoldenEye'' and ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' respectively. In ''Super Smash Bros. Melee'', the trophies for these items list their first appearance as "TOP SECRET", the Cloaking Device due to Rare being bought by Microsoft and the Motion-Sensor Bomb for the same reason as well as being from a licensed game.

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* The Motion-Sensor Bomb and Cloaking Device items in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series originally hailed from ''VideoGame/GoldenEye'' ''VideoGame/{{GoldenEye|1997}}'' and ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' respectively. In ''Super Smash Bros. Melee'', the trophies for these items list their first appearance as "TOP SECRET", the Cloaking Device due to Rare being bought by Microsoft and the Motion-Sensor Bomb for the same reason as well as being from a licensed game.
12th Oct '17 9:40:41 AM lillolillo
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* For a few years in the mid-2000's, DC comics did not have the rights to the name ComicBook/{{Superboy}}, as they were in legal contention at the time. This was a major problem, since Superboy was an active and popular DC character. There was also a character they had just brought back named Superboy-Prime. They solved the first problem by going ahead and killing the heroic Superboy in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''. Superboy-Prime was renamed "[=SuperMAN-Prime=]", which, for the character, made sense since he didn't like being treated as a boy, in ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' story ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' and aged up during the finale and throughout ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''. When the legal hurdles were solved, Superboy and Superboy-Prime were restored to normal during the ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' tie-in "[[ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes The Legion of Three Worlds]]".

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* For a few years in the mid-2000's, DC comics did not have the rights to the name ComicBook/{{Superboy}}, as they were in legal contention at the time. This was a major problem, since Superboy was an active and popular DC character. There was also a character they had just brought back named Superboy-Prime. They solved the first problem by going ahead and killing the heroic Superboy in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''. Superboy-Prime was renamed "[=SuperMAN-Prime=]", which, for the character, made sense since he didn't like being treated as a boy, in ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' story ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' and aged up during the finale and throughout ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''. When the legal hurdles were solved, Superboy and Superboy-Prime were restored to normal during the ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' tie-in "[[ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes Super-Heroes}} The Legion of Three Worlds]]".
12th Oct '17 9:39:29 AM lillolillo
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* For a few years in the mid-2000's, DC comics did not have the rights to the name ComicBook/{{Superboy}}, as they were in legal contention at the time. This was a major problem, since Superboy was an active and popular DC character. There was also a character they had just brought back named Superboy-Prime. They solved the first problem by going ahead and killing the heroic Superboy in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''. Superboy-Prime was renamed "[=SuperMAN-Prime=]", which, for the character, made sense since he didn't like being treated as a boy, in ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' story ''ComicBook/TheSinestroCorpsWar'' and aged up during the finale and throughout ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''. When the legal hurdles were solved, Superboy and Superboy-Prime were restored to normal during the ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' tie-in "[[ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes The Legion of Three Worlds]]".

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* For a few years in the mid-2000's, DC comics did not have the rights to the name ComicBook/{{Superboy}}, as they were in legal contention at the time. This was a major problem, since Superboy was an active and popular DC character. There was also a character they had just brought back named Superboy-Prime. They solved the first problem by going ahead and killing the heroic Superboy in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''. Superboy-Prime was renamed "[=SuperMAN-Prime=]", which, for the character, made sense since he didn't like being treated as a boy, in ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' story ''ComicBook/TheSinestroCorpsWar'' ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' and aged up during the finale and throughout ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''. When the legal hurdles were solved, Superboy and Superboy-Prime were restored to normal during the ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' tie-in "[[ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes "[[ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes The Legion of Three Worlds]]".
8th Oct '17 5:04:58 PM GiantJumboJellyfish
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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' had an event in summer 2016 that was obviously based on the UsefulNotes/OlympicGames, but avoided actual references to the Olympics, using the phrase "Summer Games" and a logo that resembles fireworks.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' had an event in has a recurring summer event beginning in 2016 that was is obviously based on the UsefulNotes/OlympicGames, but avoided avoids actual references to the Olympics, using the phrase "Summer Games" and a logo that resembles fireworks.
6th Oct '17 3:57:52 PM luiz4200
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': One story features a {{Godzilla}} {{Expy}} named Gigantasaurus a.k.a. [[spoiler:Leon]].
-->'''Wakko:''' He looks just like G--
-->'''Yakko:''' Whoa, you can't say that!
-->'''Dot:''' That name is © and , you know.
-->'''Wakko:''' Someone's trademarked Granny?
-->'''Yakko:''' Those Looney Tunes lawyers at Warner Bros. trademark everything.
-->'''Dot:''' Go figure.
1st Oct '17 10:53:08 AM lillolillo
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* For a few years in the mid-2000's, DC comics did not have the rights to the name ComicBook/{{Superboy}}, as they were in legal contention at the time. This was a major problem, since Superboy was an active and popular DC character. There was also a character they had just brought back named Superboy-Prime. They solved the first problem by going ahead and killing the heroic Superboy in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''. Superboy-Prime was renamed "[=SuperMAN-Prime=]", which, for the character, made sense since he didn't like being treated as a boy, in ''ComicBook/TheSinestroCorpsWar'' and aged up during the finale and throughout ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''. When the legal hurdles were solved, Superboy and Superboy-Prime were restored to normal during the ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' tie-in "The Legion of Three Worlds".
* Franchise/{{Transformers}} has a MirrorUniverse called ''[[ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass Shattered Glass.]]'' 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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* For a few years in the mid-2000's, DC comics did not have the rights to the name ComicBook/{{Superboy}}, as they were in legal contention at the time. This was a major problem, since Superboy was an active and popular DC character. There was also a character they had just brought back named Superboy-Prime. They solved the first problem by going ahead and killing the heroic Superboy in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''. Superboy-Prime was renamed "[=SuperMAN-Prime=]", which, for the character, made sense since he didn't like being treated as a boy, in ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' story ''ComicBook/TheSinestroCorpsWar'' and aged up during the finale and throughout ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''. When the legal hurdles were solved, Superboy and Superboy-Prime were restored to normal during the ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' tie-in "The "[[ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes The Legion of Three Worlds".
Worlds]]".
* In 1985 DC decided that Superman should be the only survivor of Krypton and killed ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}. In 1988 John Byrne deemed unwise to let the trademark expire and came up with a non-Kryptonian Supergirl. Eighteen years and ''four'' failed non-Kryptonian Supergirls later DC gave up, revoked the "Last Child of Krypton" policy and reintroduced Supergirl as Kara Zor-El, Superman's Kryptonian cousin.
* Franchise/{{Transformers}} has a MirrorUniverse called ''[[ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass Shattered Glass.]]'' ''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).
20th Sep '17 9:21:18 PM Pamina
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* Similarly, in Alan Menken's ''{{A Christmas Carol: The Musical}}'', Young Scrooge's fiancée Belle is renamed Emily (after her original actress, Emily Skinner) to avoid conflict with Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', the stage version of which had premiered earlier the same year and which was also scored by Menken.

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* Similarly, in Alan Menken's ''{{A Christmas Carol: The Musical}}'', ''Film/AChristmasCarolTheMusical'', Young Scrooge's fiancée Belle is renamed Emily (after her original actress, Emily Skinner) to avoid conflict with Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', the stage version of which had premiered earlier the same year and which was also scored by Menken.
20th Sep '17 9:19:27 PM Pamina
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* Similarly, in Alan Menken's ''{{A Christmas Carol: The Musical}}'', Young Scrooge's fiancée Belle is renamed Emily (after her original actress, Emily Skinner) to avoid conflict with Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', the stage version of which had premiered earlier the same year and which was also scored by Menken.
20th Sep '17 7:44:41 AM crazysamaritan
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* Sometimes, to get around copyright restrictions, ClosedCaptioning will either refer to songs by genre, mention them by name, or give their lyrics. Apparently, doing the latter two at the same time requires clearance.
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