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9th Aug '17 2:22:18 PM MBG
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** Another Bill Mantlo creation, ''ComicBook/RomSpaceknight'', has a similar issue. Basically, since it was based on [[MerchandiseDriven an action figure]], but the action figure was incredibly vague, Mantlo created Rom's [[MyRealDaddy origin, abilities, supporting cast, villains, personality, non-costumed appearance, storyline, setting, and nature.]] Basically, the only things Marvel lost when the rights reverted were the name "Rom" and his armor design. Therefore, elements of Rom's series have popped up with some frequency, and Rom himself has appeared a few times - he's just never wearing his armor, and they aren't allowed to call him "Rom." Conversely, when IDW started writing a ''Rom'' series, they had to basically make the character InNameOnly, because otherwise they'd get sued by Marvel - though he still turned out mostly being pretty similar.
6th Aug '17 3:56:20 PM BattleMaster
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** In one particularly problematic instance, Hasbro discovered that it had lost the copyright to "Bumblebee" shortly before the first of the Creator/MichaelBay films hit the theater, necessitating some quick legal scrambling on their part.
4th Aug '17 9:05:16 PM jormis29
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* A similar issue to ''My Little Pony'''s Big Mac happened with the [[CutAndPasteTranslation Cut and Paste Dub]] of ''WesternAnimation/{{Tugs}}'', ''Salty's Lighthouse''. [[GeniusBruiser Big]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Mac's]] name was [[ClumsyCopyrightCensorship blacked-out]] and he was referred to as "Big Stack".

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* A similar issue to ''My Little Pony'''s Big Mac happened with the [[CutAndPasteTranslation Cut and Paste Dub]] of ''WesternAnimation/{{Tugs}}'', ''Salty's Lighthouse''.''WesternAnimation/SaltysLighthouse''. [[GeniusBruiser Big]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Mac's]] name was [[ClumsyCopyrightCensorship blacked-out]] and he was referred to as "Big Stack".
12th Jul '17 7:03:20 PM Green_lantern40
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* ''Film/Deadpool2016'' features an appearance from Bob, Agent of Hydra, who as his name implies, works for Comicbook/{{Hydra}} in the comics. Howevere, since Hydra is part of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse (having appeared in the various ''Captain America'' and ''Avengers'' movies), the movie omitted any reference to Bob being a Hydra agent.

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* ''Film/Deadpool2016'' features an appearance from Bob, Agent of Hydra, who as his name implies, works for Comicbook/{{Hydra}} in the comics. Howevere, However, since Hydra is part of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse (having appeared in the various ''Captain America'' and ''Avengers'' movies), the movie omitted any reference to Bob being a Hydra agent.agent (he's very clearly shown to be an agent of ''something''; what it is is never referred to).
12th Jul '17 7:00:04 PM Green_lantern40
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[[caption-width-right:350:ComicBook/{{What if}} {{Creator/Marvel|Comics}} didn't use a cheesy pun?]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:ComicBook/{{What if}} {{Creator/Marvel|Comics}} didn't use a cheesy pun?]]
pun?[[note]][[SelfDeprecation What if we didn't, either, for that matter?]][[/note]] ]]
5th Jul '17 2:50:49 AM M84
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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.

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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.
5th Jul '17 2:50:22 AM M84
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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.
14th Jun '17 7:24:30 PM Meyers07TheTroper
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** ''Videogame/WanganMidnight'' did this too in the fourth installment onwards after {{Retcon}}ning in the overseas version of the first three games by changing the Gemballa-tuned Porsche Blackbird (which was Nissan 350z in the overseas version of the first three games) into RUF.

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** ''Videogame/WanganMidnight'' did this too in the fourth installment onwards after {{Retcon}}ning in the overseas version of the first three games by changing the Gemballa-tuned Porsche Blackbird that resembles Porsche 911 Turbo of the source material (which was Nissan 350z in the overseas version of the first three games) into RUF.RUF Yellowbird (although still painted black, hence the nickname).
14th Jun '17 7:21:25 PM Meyers07TheTroper
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** ''Videogame/WanganMidnight'' did this too in the fourth installment onwards after {{Retcon}}ning in the overseas version of the first three games by changing the Gemballa-tuned Porsche Blackbird (which was Nissan 350z in the overseas version of the first three games) into RUF.
11th Jun '17 7:24:40 PM tyrekecorrea
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* Sometimes, to get around copyright restrictions, ClosedCaptioning will either mention songs by name or refer to them by genre. Apparently, doing both at once requires clearance.

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* Sometimes, to get around copyright restrictions, ClosedCaptioning will either mention refer to songs by name or refer to genre, mention them by genre. name, or give their lyrics. Apparently, doing both the latter two at once the same time requires clearance.
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