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25th Mar '17 4:25:02 PM ZootyCutie94
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* From ''Toys/TheGrosseryGang'', Tasteless T'''o'''basco Sauce's name is one letter off of real Tabasco Sauce, a trademarked product. He also shares a modified version of the diamond logo, only in different colors and the edges chopped off to make a hexagon.
23rd Mar '17 3:01:28 PM jtierney50
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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 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".]]
19th Mar '17 6:04:42 PM Doug86
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** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40k}}'' underwent a similar, though much less extensive, rebranding process -- which, since most of their factions were already fairly specific, mostly amounted to changing the names of the few Imperial institutions that were still in plain English to CanisLatinicus. Thus the Space Marines became the Adeptus Astartes (which they already were, but it wasn't the common name of the faction until the change), the Imperial Guard became the Astra Militarum and their stormtroopers the Militarum Tempestus (presumably to avoid the wrath of [[Franchise/StarWars people with even more lawyers]]), etc. Amusingly, even in-universe everyone refuses to use Astra Militarum unless they're doing official paperwork for practical reasons; it's basically "Imperial Guard plus some other things technically in the same chain of command". Individual soldiers are still called Guardsmen, for example.

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** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40k}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' underwent a similar, though much less extensive, rebranding process -- which, since most of their factions were already fairly specific, mostly amounted to changing the names of the few Imperial institutions that were still in plain English to CanisLatinicus. Thus the Space Marines became the Adeptus Astartes (which they already were, but it wasn't the common name of the faction until the change), the Imperial Guard became the Astra Militarum and their stormtroopers the Militarum Tempestus (presumably to avoid the wrath of [[Franchise/StarWars people with even more lawyers]]), etc. Amusingly, even in-universe everyone refuses to use Astra Militarum unless they're doing official paperwork for practical reasons; it's basically "Imperial Guard plus some other things technically in the same chain of command". Individual soldiers are still called Guardsmen, for example.
10th Mar '17 9:35:05 PM jormis29
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** The ''Deities & Demigods'' book had to be revised when the owners of trademarked deities complained. The Cthulhu Mythos was believed to be in the public domain, so TSR assumed they could legally use it without any special permission. However, Arkham House, which held the copyright on most Cthulhu books had already licensed the Cthulhu property to the game company Chaosium. They were required to provide a credit to the game company Chaosium. Later they removed Cthulhu and several other gods so as to not contain such an overt reference to one of their competitors. For this reason, the first and second printings have generally been in greater demand by D&D fans and collectors.

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** The ''Deities & Demigods'' book had to be revised when the owners of trademarked deities complained. The Cthulhu Mythos was believed to be in the public domain, so TSR Creator/{{TSR}} assumed they could legally use it without any special permission. However, Arkham House, which held the copyright on most Cthulhu books had already licensed the Cthulhu property to the game company Chaosium.company Creator/{{Chaosium}}. They were required to provide a credit to the game company Chaosium. Later they removed Cthulhu and several other gods so as to not contain such an overt reference to one of their competitors. For this reason, the first and second printings have generally been in greater demand by D&D fans and collectors.



* In an example on the other side of the [[strike:halfling]] coin, SPI produced a role playing game called [=DragonQuest=] in 1980; when they went bankrupt in 1992, TSR picked it up and ran it as an alternate line to ''Dungeons and Dragons''. Because of this, the Japanese RPG series ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' had to be renamed ''Dragon Warrior'' in North America until Creator/SquareEnix finally secured the name in 2005.

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* In an example on the other side of the [[strike:halfling]] coin, SPI produced a role playing game called [=DragonQuest=] in 1980; when they went bankrupt in 1992, TSR Creator/{{TSR}} picked it up and ran it as an alternate line to ''Dungeons and Dragons''. Because of this, the Japanese RPG series ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' had to be renamed ''Dragon Warrior'' in North America until Creator/SquareEnix finally secured the name in 2005.



* The first installment of Creator/{{Sierra}}'s ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series was actually released as ''Hero's Quest'', but was swiftly changed because of TSR's ''[=HeroQuest=]'' boardgame.

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* The first installment of Creator/{{Sierra}}'s ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series was actually released as ''Hero's Quest'', but was swiftly changed because of TSR's ''[=HeroQuest=]'' Creator/{{TSR}}'s ''TabltopGame/HeroQuest'' boardgame.
2nd Mar '17 4:16:00 AM Ominae
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** Skyfire's earliest design itself has underwent an OrwellianRetcon because... It's the [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross 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/SuperDimensionFortressMacross VF-1]] bought from [[Creator/NamcoBandai [[Creator/BandaiNamcoEntertainment Bandai]].
26th Feb '17 1:08:52 AM fq
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* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', one [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of the week]] got their power from [[ILoveNuclearPower a nearby nuclear facility.]] He ''would'' have been called a mutant, but Marvel sold the rights to the use of the word when they sold the rights to the ''ComicBook/XMen'' franchise to Fox. Consequently, he is instead refereed to as a Gifted.
** Likewise, they've replaced mutants in the MCU with Inhumans, another group from the comics.

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* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', one [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' (and the week]] got their power from [[ILoveNuclearPower a nearby nuclear facility.]] He ''would'' have been [=MCU=] in general) characters that would be called a mutant, but mutants in the comics are called "gifted" instead or are replaced by Inhumans. This is because Marvel sold the rights to the use of the word mutant when they sold the rights to the ''ComicBook/XMen'' franchise to Fox. Consequently, he is instead refereed to as a Gifted.
** Likewise, they've replaced mutants in the MCU with Inhumans, another group from the comics.
Fox.
21st Feb '17 2:40:16 AM Vir
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* An example occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch "We Are the Victors", depicting U.S. Libertarian Party conventions in various years. The speakers would pep up their crowd by predicting victory, but then due to not getting copyright permissions from various artists, would play a very similar substitute song--such as "We Are the Victors" (for Music/{{Queen}}'s "We Are the Champions"), "We Are a Close-Knit Group" (for Music/SisterSledge's "We Are Family"), "Friend Choo-Choo" (for Music/TheOjays' "Love Train"), etc.

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* An example occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch "We Are the Victors", depicting U.S. Libertarian Party conventions in various years. The speakers would pep up their crowd by predicting victory, but then due to not getting copyright permissions from various artists, would play a very similar substitute song--such as "We Are the Victors" (for Music/{{Queen}}'s "We Are the Champions"), "We Are a Close-Knit Group" (for Music/SisterSledge's Sister Sledge's "We Are Family"), "Friend Choo-Choo" (for Music/TheOjays' The Ojays' "Love Train"), etc.
20th Feb '17 9:36:45 PM Anddrix
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* The last time that Marvel's ''{{Micronauts}}'' (Commander Rann, Mari, Bug), were referred to as such was in two 1996 issues of ''Cable''. In followup appearances, in ''Captain Marvel'', ''X-Factor'' and ''Universe X'', they are called the "Microns". In the ''Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk'', story arc, they are known as the Enigma Force. Additionally, the team no longer includes Mego toy based characters such as Acroyear, Biotron, and Microtron. Commander Rann's outfit no longer resemble's his Space Glider toy counterpart very much. Fortunately, the term Microverse dates back to ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' issues from TheSixties. Strangely enough, in the early issues of the original comics, Bug was known as Galactic Warrior in the character roll calls (but never in dialogue), but his design was so unlike his toy counterpart that they could simply drop the Galactic Warrior toy connection.

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* The last time that Marvel's ''{{Micronauts}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}'' (Commander Rann, Mari, Bug), were referred to as such was in two 1996 issues of ''Cable''. In followup appearances, in ''Captain Marvel'', ''X-Factor'' and ''Universe X'', they are called the "Microns". In the ''Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk'', story arc, they are known as the Enigma Force. Additionally, the team no longer includes Mego toy based characters such as Acroyear, Biotron, and Microtron. Commander Rann's outfit no longer resemble's his Space Glider toy counterpart very much. Fortunately, the term Microverse dates back to ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' issues from TheSixties. Strangely enough, in the early issues of the original comics, Bug was known as Galactic Warrior in the character roll calls (but never in dialogue), but his design was so unlike his toy counterpart that they could simply drop the Galactic Warrior toy connection.
2nd Feb '17 6:52:54 AM kingjello
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* This was the reason ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'' was released as ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny II'' in the US. It made things confusing when an actual ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'' came out for the [=PS2=][[/note]]: [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse Mattel]] already had "Eternia" trademarked.

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* This was the reason ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'' was released as ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny II'' in the US. It made things confusing when an actual ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'' came out for the [=PS2=][[/note]]: [=PS2=]: [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse Mattel]] already had "Eternia" trademarked.
2nd Feb '17 5:05:59 AM kingjello
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* ''Comicbook/HackSlash'' had Dr. Herbert West of ''Film/{{Reanimator}}'' as a significant character for a three-issue arc. "Herbert West, Re-Animator!", the man and the name, were proudly emblazoned on the cover of one issue; He was nowhere to be found him anywhere on the cover of the next issue, and only vaguely alluded to as "that guy who likes to re-animate stuff." West remained a significant character, and was referred to by name within the comic's pages.

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* ''Comicbook/HackSlash'' had Dr. Herbert West of ''Film/{{Reanimator}}'' as a significant character for a three-issue arc. "Herbert West, Re-Animator!", the man and the name, were proudly emblazoned on the cover of one issue; He was nowhere to be found him anywhere on the cover of the next issue, and only vaguely alluded to as "that guy who likes to re-animate stuff." West remained a significant character, and was referred to by name within the comic's pages.
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