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->''"Where'd it go? Where'd it go?\\
That other song is gone!"''
-->-- '''[[Disney/{{Frozen}} Elsa]] and [[Film/XMenFilmSeries friends]]''', ''[[WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded How Frozen Should Have Ended-Reissued]]''

The removal of material from a work because copyright lawyers complained, done in a totally non-seamless fashion. Rather than replacing the disallowed material with something respectable, what turns up instead is obvious blank space or LampshadeHanging on why it was removed.

This might be anything like airbrushing a character ExiledFromContinuity out of a comic book panel, replacing a copyrighted illustration with obvious blank space, or [[HomeVersionSoundtrackReplacement overdubbing formerly licensed background music]] at the cost of losing the dialogue it accompanied.

This frequently happens with DVD releases of relatively old shows, often in the form of HomeVersionSoundtrackReplacement. Back then, the makers of the show didn't really anticipate needing copyright insurance for widespread home video distribution, since that market didn't really explode until the DVD era. Entire episodes being removed falls under KeepCirculatingTheTapes.

Sometimes occurs because DisneyOwnsThisTrope. See also WritingAroundTrademarks. To avoid this altogether but still try to keep real world products in-universe, see BlandNameProduct.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The Japanese audio track on the U.S. release of ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha'' simply cuts out at one point in the first episode because the record label for the band Tokio wouldn't allow their music to be used. This also led to the Season 1 theme being replaced with the season 2 theme, creating spoilers galore. The same thing happened to ''The Manga/SkullMan'' and ''Series/AkazukinChaCha'''s home video releases.
* One episode of ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' had different OP/ED, with a song by Gilbert O'Sullivan, used without permission. DVD release was done silently for that OP / ED. It may not have been used at all on the American version.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' was [[ProductPlacement sponsored by Pizza Hut]] in Japan. All the logos had to be cut out for the American release.
* The same applies to ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', where they magically turned into "[[BrandX Pizza Slice]]" instead. At least for ''Anime/CodeGeass'', the logos were left untouched for the US bluray release.
* Numerous real-world logos were digitally removed from the US release of ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket''.
* ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' had numerous panels featuring Series/{{Ultraman}} or Series/UltraSeven hastily re-touched to disguise just who the characters really were. Oddly enough, the Penguin Village cop who perpetually wears the [[Franchise/StarWars Stormtrooper helmet, and the panel of Senbei and Arale dressed as C-3PO and R2-D2]], the [[Film/TaxiDriver panel of Senbei dressed as Travis Bickle,]] and the [[Franchise/StarTrek chapter with the very obvious story-long parody of Spock]], all appearances/mentions of Franchise/{{Godzilla}} or Franchise/{{Gamera}}, ''and'' [[Franchise/{{Superman}} the entire supporting character of "Suppaman"]] were left untouched.
* ''Anime/LuckyStar'' often bleeps out references to other anime series, such as the time when Konata was revealed to be able to name all the Franchise/{{Pokemon}}, and when she started talking about ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''. Though the clumsiness might be part of the point; during Konata and her father's conversation about ''Gundam'', they mention the names of several series, each of which is represented by a piece of official art that's been digitally blurred but is still immediately recognizable.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' does the same thing, and since it happens all the time it's much more noticeable.
* Ditto for ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'', which censors the titles but normally has a reference to that work right before or after it that isn't censored.
* Promotional material for the ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}'' anime romanizes Saori [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Bajeena]]'s name as "Saori Vageena".
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' has its first opening, “Change The World”, replaced with Inuyasha’s instrumental character theme (“Hanyou Inuyasha”) on Netflix.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' ended up altering two covers to their ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' series - issue 8, which had Creator/MarvelComics heroes fighting in a cloud of dust, and ''Sonic Super Special'' #7, which not only had the Creator/ImageComics heroes on it, but two of Ken Penders' creations on it -- during various reproductions, such as cover scans on ''Sonic Mega Collection''
* The CimicBook/IncredibleHulk comic book collection ''Regression'' includes issue 296, which had a guest appearance by Rom, a character based on a Parker Brothers toy. Since Marvel no longer has the rights to Rom, the pages on which he appears aren't reprinted, and instead there's a text summary which refers only to a "heroic alien cyborg".
* IDW's original reprints of the Marvel Comics run of ''Transformers'' suffered from this big-time. Because of some references the Marvel universe (ComicBook/SpiderMan himself guest stars in one issue) the company could not reprint certain issues of the original series and instead were forced to use short summaries of the cut issues instead. This especially hit hard with the recurring character Circuit Breaker who also appeared in Marvel's UK books: because of this, any issue that featured her was cut. Considering she played a huge role in the final arc of the book, lord knows how IDW would have been able to handle collecting that. Thankfully, this no longer applies, and IDW has been able to reprint the older comics completely intact now.\\\
The issue wasn't resolved in time to keep the ''Regeneration One'' special that reprinted the final five Marvel issues from being tweaked to conceal or remove Circuit Breaker's appearances. She appears in a flashback panel in the ''Regeneration One'' series proper, but from such a distance that she only appears as a glowing, flying female form, and G.B. Blackrock doesn't mention her by name, only mentioning her as a "former employee".
* The Teen Titan named "Protector" owes his existence to this trope. In the '80s, the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' creators Wolfman and Perez created a series of anti-drug PSA comics, and discovered at the last minute that (since the comics were appearing in a weird licensed context), they couldn't use Robin (who was licensed out elsewhere). So, they drew over Robin wherever he appeared as a new character, the Protector. This leads to a bad case of RememberTheNewGuy, since he's just ''there,'' without introduction, and acts like he's in charge (as Robin was).
* Many earlier stories of ''ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}'' had the main character meeting various Marvel heroes. Since the bonds between Panini (the Italian owner of Marvel comic rights, and Rat-Man's publisher too) and Marvel became looser over the years, the recent reprints of these stories have been altered, turning the various heroes into [[{{Expy}} expies]]. More in detail:
** Spider-Man became "The Human Spider", and the web pattern on his suit was altered.
** Victor Von Doom's cape lacks the classic golden buttons, and his mask now looks like a Japanese Oni's face (similar to the one [[Manga/SaintSeiya Guilty]] wears)
** The Punisher is now "The Polisher" and the skull insignia on his suit is replaced with a smiley face.
** Wolverine, now "Hunter", has extendable fingernails instead of his classic claws.
** The big "A" on Captain America's mask is now a star, and his name is now "American Star".
** Nick Fury is now "Furio", [[SpecialEffectFailure with a blatant white space left after his name showing that a longer name was there before]].
* A celebrated passage in ''ComicBook/SexCriminals'' features the central characters singing along to Queen's "Fat-Bottomed Girls" in a bar. The original serialised comic issue had the lyrics blacked out and a note to say that the creators hoped that they'd be able to get permission to quote the lyrics in the TPB. The TPB has the lyrics blacked out and a note apologising that they couldn't get permission.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* Game designer James Ernest developed a game in which players are {{Diabolical Mastermind}}s competing to construct the most stylish act of BondVillainStupidity. It was originally released under the title ''Before I Kill You, Mister Bond''. Following a cease and desist order from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer over the use of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Bond_(ornithologist) Bond's name,]] the current edition is titled ''James Ernest's Totally Renamed Spy Game''. The [[http://paizo.com/store/games/cardBoardGames/other/r/v5748btpy741t official product description]] even includes the line, "We'd tell you what it was once called, but we'd rather not get another letter."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Parodied in the ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' episode "Lunar Slander", where all references to apples or the word "apple" is censored because [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope they are "copyrighted" by Dole]]. It gets overly ridiculous, ''given that one of the main characters has "apple" in her name.'' "Happy [[YouMeanXmas Molest]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext fest,]] [[SoundEffectBleep [LEMON]]]jack!"

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Anime/TheMysteryOfMamo'' has, in its original theatrical release, a short shot of Lupin hanging out with Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}}, Franchise/WonderWoman and other Creator/DCComics superheroes. For obvious reasons, this would have been unacceptable to [=TimeWarner=] (who owns said DC superheroes) once the movie was released here in the US by Creator/{{Geneon}}, and so it was replaced with an obvious freeze frame leading up to the next frame without that image.
* ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'':
** The home video and DVD versions of ''WesternAnimation/TheWrongTrousers'' in the US had some of the songs replaced -- "HappyBirthdayToYou" in Gromit's birthday card, and "[[Theatre/SouthPacific Happy Talk]]" and "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window" on the penguin's organ. Presumably these songs are either public domain or much cheaper to acquire the rights to in Britain.
** Averted with the very first DVD release of the ''Wallace & Gromit'' shorts, which features the original soundtrack.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Mocked in the Billy Wilder film ''Film/OneTwoThree'', revolving around Jimmy Cagney as a Coca-Cola exec in West Berlin just before the rise of the Wall. Creator/JoanCrawford, at the time a major stockholder of Pepsi, was enraged by what she saw as blatant product placement, and demanded that Wilder use Pepsi in the film. He did — at the very end. Cagney's character puts a nickel (or at least a five-pfennig piece) into a Coke machine... and gets a bottle of Pepsi. He makes a disgusted mugging face at the camera as the movie ends.
* In ''Film/{{Grease}}'', there's a scene that takes place in a diner with a giant Coca-Cola sign in the background. Or, rather, a giant blur that was supposed to be a Coca-Cola sign before Pepsi, one of the film's chief sponsors, protested the ProductPlacement.
* In ''Film/WaynesWorld'', there's a gag that takes place in a musical instrument store in which Wayne attempts to play "Stairway to Heaven" on guitar, only to find out he's broken [[CantYouReadTheSign one of the store's rules]] in doing so. Or at least that's what he played in the original theatrical release. On home video releases, the riff is overdubbed with a generic one, though the sign with the rule remains unchanged.
** The joke, [[DontExplainTheJoke which refers]] to the preponderance of Wayne-generation novice guitarists who practiced by playing ''Stairway to Heaven'' to [[http://www.guitarnoise.com/lesson/no-stairway/ the stereo ad nauseum]], is lost on the international release version. Still, plenty of VHS copies of the U.S. version are still about.
--> "No 'Stairway'...Denied!"
* The broadcast versions of ''Film/DemolitionMan'' remove all references to Taco Bell. Which wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't a pretty huge joke in the movie with a full scene there.
* Some broadcast versions of ''Film/InspectorGadget'' cut out the shot of the Yahoo! billboard falling, as well as cutting the site's name out of the hero's next line.
* Parodied in ''Film/NickOffermanAmericanHam'' when he had the radio on while carving wood. An intellectual property attorney comes in and tells Nick Offerman to turn the radio off, and complains that he stole his client's melody.
* ''The Big Fix'' includes a lovely scene with Richard Dreyfuss preparing for a date, with Leon Redbone's "I Wanna Be Seduced" as the BGM. Sadly, for the VHS release the song had to be replaced with generic instrumental music. Fans assiduously record the movie every time it shows up on TCM, while holding out hope for a DVD release.
* ''Film/FreddyGotFingered'' was originally going to have a brief ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' parody scene, but they couldn't get the rights to "The End" by Music/TheDoors, and since it needed that song to work, the scene was cut. The sequence was put on the DVD as a DeletedScene: Since they ''still'' couldn't get the rights, the audio track is Tom Green explaining the situation and recommending that the viewer turn the volume down and cue up "The End" themselves.
* ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'' is a rather unfortunate case. Antagonist Swan's record label, [[PunBasedTitle Swan Song]], was featured in many scenes, including long shots and panning shots. At about the same time they were filming, Music/LedZeppelin manager Peter Grant started a ''real'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swan_Song_Records record label]] with the name, and beat Phantom by a couple months with their first album release. Grant threatened to block release of the film, so [[Creator/BrianDePalma dePalma]] and his editor ''very poorly'' covered up the offending words with the new label name, Death Records. Even worse, several long take scenes with too much movement were reedited so as to not show the original name, wasting the long single take shots. That name was '''everywhere.''' [[http://www.swanarchives.org/Production_Fiasco.asp Luckily, the original takes survive in the hands of a fan]], though who knows if they'll ever be used in a future release.
* ''Film/LittleNicky'':
** The broadcast version is particularly jarring because of the prominent ProductPlacement.
--->'''Nicky:''' Popeye's chicken is fuckin' awesome!\\
'''Nicky:''' Chicken is [[GoshDangitToHeck kickin']].
** The "Coke into Pepsi" gag is similarly butchered.
* On the Blu-Ray of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', there's an extended version of the final scene, where Cap meets ComicBook/NickFury on Times Square. One of the monitors in the background is blurred, but the peculiar color scheme shows it's somewhat related to ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (on the scene as featured in the film, it is replaced with what appears to be an ad for the US Military).
* A rare non-copyright version of this trope occurs in ''Film/BattleBeyondTheSun''; jittery travelling mattes were added to the [[CutAndPasteTranslation American version ]] in an (unsuccessful) attempt to censor Soviet iconography and Russian lettering on spaceships.
* ''Film/WhereTheBuffaloRoam'' had its music infamously replaced with generic '80s music on most home video releases. The only known exception is the original VHS and Betamax release. The '80s music makes this a definite example, considering that AnachronismStew resulted (the film takes place in the late '60s/early '70s).
* ''Film/EscapeFromTomorrow'' has one scene where Jim asks someone "You work for [[SoundEffectBleep D***y]]?" even though he'd already said "It's Disney World!" earlier in the film.
* ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'', being a free-to-watch web series, has pretty much no restrictions when it comes to showing and naming the games and consoles the Nerd reviews, including ''VideoGame/ETTheExtraterrestrial'' for the UsefulNotes/Atari2600, but the commercially released ''Film/AngryVideoGameNerdTheMovie'' changes the game's name to "Eee Tee" and crudely alters the box art and the graphics to feature an ''incredibly'' stupid-looking, but technically copyright-friendly alien. Even though the censorship seems to break the continuity of the web series, an entire episode was made by editing the actual game footage back into the game review segment from the movie and the real cover art has been shown since, further calling attention to how silly it is.

* Because of the less visual nature of literature, this is far less common than in more visual media. However, it is not rare to see quotes from music or poems show up as epigraphs in one edition of a book but then be missing in the reprints, or in some cases, showing up in later reprints because the book became a success and so there was enough money to get permission or a license.
* In ''Le Ton beau de Marot'', a book by DouglasHofstadter, a passage from ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' is replaced by a message from the author complaining that Salinger is too strict about copyright, and that Hofstadter had to scramble to maintain something the size of the quote to avoid throwing off the typesetting.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The early releases of the ''Series/NorthernExposure'' [=DVDs=] replaced soundtrack music when rights could not be secured for the songs used in the original broadcasts.
* ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' [=DVDs=] have quite a few scenes and jokes cut out due to the use of copyrighted music.
* In the case of ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'', the entire draw of the show was its use of licensed music. With no licensed songs at all, the show lost a lot of its punch. Few people bought the first DVD releases because they could get a more complete show on a bootleg. This naturally resulted in the DVD sales being so low that no further seasons were released to DVD, until Creator/ShoutFactory released a complete series set with much of the music restored.
** In many cases, whole scenes were removed. {{Creator/Hulu}}'s version of the infamous "Turkeys Away" episode cuts out a scene between Mr. Carlson and Johnny Fever because the scene revolved around the song "Dogs" by Music/PinkFloyd.
* ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'' suffers from this. While the licensed music wasn't the ''whole'' draw of the show, it was an important part of the atmosphere, and lyrics were often used to communicate plot, which makes chunks of some DVD episodes make very little sense now that they're backed by nothing but elevator music. The [=DVD=]s still sold enough to finish the show, possibly because there don't seem to be many bootlegs in circulation...
* A frequent occurrence on ''Series/MythBusters'' for both copyright and safety reasons. They [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] the heck out of this.
** "[[DontTryThisAtHome Blur is very dangerous; you don't want to mix blur with blur!]]"
** Averted when testing Diet Coke and Mentos, both mentioned by name, and any other myths that specifically need a certain type of product for it to work.
** Played straight with "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche%20928 a certain car]]" that allegedly drives better backwards.
** The ReCut spin-off ''Head Rush'' is ''full'' of this. Mostly whatever companies, organizations, or products that they were able to mention on ''Series/MythBusters'' for some reason are very obviously censored here. The most {{JustForFun/egregious}} cases are when one of the hosts of the original show is talking about some''one'' and they have to bleep out the name, so it ends up sounding like "we talked to [[SoundEffectsBleep *BEEP*]] to assist us in this test."
* On television, throughout the late 1980s and most of the 1990s, the opening theme to ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' has always been "Love and Marriage" by Music/FrankSinatra. However, on DVD, Creator/SonyPictures changed the song to [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong something similar, but not the same]], with no lyrics. The original song can still be found on reruns, and was later restored on Creator/MillCreekEntertainment's DVD re-releases.
* One episode of ''Series/OperationRepo'' had a scene bleeped out because they did not want to pay to license the song "Happy Birthday to You."
* Various episodes of the original ''Series/DoctorWho'' have suffered this on DVD.
** One of the first scenes of the early ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "The Chase" has the Doctor and his companions watching footage of Music/TheBeatles on the newly-acquired Time-Space Visualizer. The BBC released this serial on DVD in 2010, but outside Region 2 the scene in question was cut, as the BBC's license to use the footage does not extend outside the UK.
*** The footage only still exists because it was used in that episode. It's the only surviving footage of The Beatles playing on ''Series/TopOfThePops''.
** "The Evil of the Daleks" had the Beatles' "Paperback Writer" playing in a bar. On the CD release (the story has been lost, but the soundtrack survives), the whole scene was deleted. (Luckily, it's not crucial; the plot probably still makes sense without it.) The scenes were deleted on the cassette version of the story. The DVD release just replaced the Beatles music with a more generic tune, but otherwise left the scenes intact.
** "Spearhead From Space" used an instrumental track by Music/FleetwoodMac (the original blues-rock version, not the Buckingham-Nicks incarnation) as incidental music for one sequence. It was replaced by library music for the VHS and the first DVD release, but the second DVD release and the Blu-Ray release reinstated it, either because the attitude of the rights holder changed or because there was more money available to pay for music rights after the comeback of the show.
** The BBC did their best to avert it with "Revelation of the Daleks", which featured a large number of copyrighted sixties rock songs due to a major guest character being a FanOfThePast. This was one of the last serials to be released on video because of the time it took to secure the rights to the music. Because the music is so integral to the plot and often featured characters talking over the top of it, it could not easily be replaced. Ultimately the only track the BBC could not secure the rights to was Music/JimiHendrix's "Fire". This track had to be carefully digitally excised and replaced with a generic hard-rock instrumental, without losing the dialogue occurring over the top of it.
** Possibly as a result of the problems with "Revelation of the Daleks", the Fifties-set story "Delta and the Bannermen" featured cover versions of well-known songs by an on-screen band consisting of the soundtrack composer and some of his friends.
* The "Real Monsters vs. Commercial Mascots" episode of ''Series/MostExtremeEliminationChallenge'', in which all the contestants wore wacky costumes, was butchered for the Season Two [=DVD=] release because some of the costumes were of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MXC#Season_Two copyrighted characters like Ultraman]]: To drop all the shots of people in the offending costumes meant that three of the games were trimmed, the concluding "Impassible Stones of Mount [=McKidney=]" game was completely dropped, and graphics were used to cover up much of the closing "Painful Eliminations of the Day" segment. They didn't even run the end credits. The episode ran less than ten minutes long as a result (as opposed to twenty (Which is also part of the reason the episode is not available for download via iTunes). Oddly, the uncut episode remained in the rerun rotation on Spike [=TV=].
* ''Series/BloodOverWater'' had "Sleet" dubbed in poorly when Aaron talks about Sleet Mountain, to avoid saying "Ice Mountain" like in the original cut. Chris' laptop screen also replaces an Ice Mountain wallpaper with a Sleet Mountain one.
* When ''Series/PimpMyRide'' moved to Creator/SpeedTV, they began muting any mention of {{Creator/MTV}} - which leaves big holes in the dialogue, since the people tend to draw "MTV" out.
** Same thing for MTV's ''Cribs'' in syndication, where all the music was replaced with dull atmosphere music and all mentions of MTV were edited out.
* ''Series/TourOfDuty'' was filled with music that was popular during its Vietnam War setting but it all had to be replaced with soundalike music that for the DVD release.
* ''Series/TheState'' was long thought unreleasable due to its extensive used of licensed music. It eventually ''did'' come out - with all of the music clumsily removed. One of the deleted scenes (at a dance) is utterly silent [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope (with prior text disclaimer)]] because the song is a such a large part of the scene they had to cut out all of the sound in it. It's a just a big long deleted scene with no sound watching people dance and move their mouths.
* Because of the BBC's status as a public network, ''Series/TopGear'' is able to make extensive use of copyrighted music in its original airings. These are often removed in DVD releases and overseas broadcasts (where the rights are not as easy to secure).
** Especially annoying in the American (or at least, iTunes) version of the Vietnam Special, where Clarkson says "cue the music", meaning the theme song from ''Series/TheATeam'' (which the show is famous for using in the UK)...and we then hear a completely different song. Of course, Clarkson could have meant ''different'' music -- after all, he only said "the music" -- until James May starts humming the A-Team song over the new soundtrack.
* ITV's ''Series/PoliceCameraAction'' did this to the 1996 episode "Road to Nowhere" - end music replaced by generic orchestra music, 2000 episode ''Getting Their Man'' (with Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" replaced by a cover version of Joe Loss's the Stripper).
* Many fans were worried that the 2010 reairing of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' would change the music for this reason, particularly the iconic theme song, which Disney hadn't gotten the rights to for Adam's reappearance in ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'', using generic rock for his theme when all the other reappearing Rangers got their own shows' theme songs. Thankfully, it turned out that Disney was actually contractually obligated to keep all the original music in the re-releases, so this was averted in the end.
** For the music, anyway - there are several points where company logos are blurred over (such as the names on the weights and the Nike swoosh on an extra's shoes in "A Pressing Engagement").
* Later reruns of ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' (both on WGN and the 2010 Disney Channel reairings) had their songs replaced with generic background music for some reason...
* The Season One DVD set for ''Series/{{Profiler}}'' is missing Episode 4. Why? Because the episode featured the song "Every Breath You Take."
* The first four sets of ''Series/QuantumLeap'' [=DVDs=] were stripped of all licensed music not explicitly mentioned in dialogue, even when it left characters dancing the Twist, shouting "TEQUILA!" in unison, and mouthing the words to "Louie Louie" for no apparent reason. Worse still, [[TearJerker one of the most powerful scenes]] was ''utterly destroyed'' by the replacement of Ray Charles with listless muzak. After a vociferous outcry, the final season set was spared from any music cuts.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' was temporarily pulled after its preview broadcast because the Apple logos on the back of the spies' computers were clearly visible and advertising ''of any kind'' is not allowed on Creator/TheBBC. [[SeriousBusiness People complained.]] In the end, it wasn't shown in its primetime slot until the logos had been airbrushed out.
* The 1960s-retro ''Series/CrimeStory'' suffered in syndication when music rights issues replaced mood-setting period music with ersatz tunes.
* Even ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek TOS]]'' had this problem. Non-original copyrighted music was used exactly once ("Goodnight, Sweetheart" in "The City on the Edge of Forever"), and was replaced with a sound-alike on the VHS releases. The rights were obtained for the DVD releases.
* Frequent in reruns of ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' because the producers didn't bother to clear rights for any of the music they used. Sketches with unusable songs were either cut or edited into incomprehensibility, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpdTftVA8L4 "Cooking with Prickley"]], a large portion of which is simply fast-forwarded through Edith's singing.
* The producers of both ''Series/MySoCalledLife'' and ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' were able to procure the rights to Haddaway's "What is Love" for their future airings and DVD releases. However, whenever a fan uploads the Delia-Rickie dance or a sketch featuring the Roxbury guys (Creator/WillFerrell and Chris Kattan as two club-hopping [[CasanovaWannabe Leisure Suit Larries]], often with a third member played by an episode host or cameo, such as Creator/JimCarrey, Creator/TomHanks, Creator/JackNicholson, [[Series/{{SCTV}} Martin Short]], and Creator/SylvesterStallone) onto Website/YouTube, it's usually muted, as Creator/SonyMusicEntertainment owns Haddaway's catalog and doesn't have a release with Website/YouTube (and, much like the ubiquitous Creator/WarnerMusicGroup, they are ''very'' vigilant in their policing of their music).
* The ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' episode "The Tale of the Prom Queen" originally had "In The Still of the Night" by The Five Satins played during the final scene, but it was removed in the DVD release, obviously due to copyright issues. In ''The Tale of C7'' [[note]] The one where a family moves into a house that has a jukebox that summons a dead soldier who loved the song and played it for his girlfriend[[/note]], the C7 tune was originally "Save The Last Dance for Me", but it too was replaced with generic music on the DVD.
* The first few seasons(1983-1988) of ''Newton's Apple'' used Kraftwerk's "Ruckzuck" as their theme tune, and a [[RearrangeTheSong remixed version]] was used from 1989 to 1994, but the video releases replaced it with a SuspiciouslySimilarSong. For its last four seasons, the show switched to [[ReplacedTheThemeTune completely original theme music]].
* ''Series/InLivingColor'''s DVD releases have a lot of sketches either edited to remove song references or music video parodies (often serving as the show's cold opening) removed.
* ''Series/AllThat'' airs on Series/The90sAreAllThat without the musical guest performances. Since this necessitates the additional removal of sketches introducing the guest, and the cast saying goodbye onstage after the song, several episodes end abruptly.
* The first DVD releases of ''Series/LostInAusten'' had to cut the part where Amanda sings "Downtown" for the Bingleys and Darcy because the rights hadn't been acquired. The joke that Bingley makes about "going downtown" immediately after made no sense without the song. Later releases reinstated the song.
* The biggest Brazilian TV station, Globo, refuses to say the sponsor in either team names (when most basketball and volleyball teams are [city]/[sponsor] - in extreme cases, [sponsor]/[another sponsor]) or stadia (but only Brazilian ones, at least).
** Sometimes they do ridiculous things to avoid even SHOWING the sponsors; in some interviews, when the player is wearing a cap or is in front of a billboard, they switch to an EXTREME close-up, sometimes showing only the player's face, but CUTTING OFF THE TOP OF HIS/HER HEAD!
** They also avoid mentioning any non-sponsor brand. The F1 team Red Bull Racing is always referred as RBR. This gets ridiculous at times; on Globo, they never mention Twitter, they mention "the micro-blog".
* In honor of its 30th syndicated season in 2012-13, ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' showed historical clips at the top of the show. Most of these were awkwardly edited to remove most of the previous musical cues (Toss-Up ThinkMusic, theme song, and even the short fanfare for solving a puzzle), either by dubbing it over with its counterpart or {{Jump Cut}}ting. This can be pretty jarring to hear the current music beds dubbed into a 1980s clip, where they are obviously mismatched. Oddly, they didn't dub over any instances of the 1994-1997 fanfare for solving a puzzle[[note]]although one clip from 1994 was shown twice, once with the original music and once with the current music dubbed in[[/note]], or the pre-1983 ThemeTune "Big Wheels".
** One of the most egregious was a mid-1980s clip of then-announcer Jack Clark describing a prize. They had to find a way to digitally scrub out the prize bed without also wiping out Jack's voice.
** Even more strangely, the 25th season also had classic clips used as bumpers — but in those cases, the original music was completely intact.
** In January 2017 (halfway through Season 34), the show's music package was overhauled. However, one week of episodes aired in April 2017 was taped prior to the music change, so the new music cues had to be dubbed in. This resulted in several sloppy audio edits, and a couple instances where the old music was accidentally untouched. Similarly, the weekend rerun feed (consisting of episodes from Season 33) and Summer 2017 reruns of episodes before the music change were altered accordingly.
* The DVD release of ''Series/{{Alf}}'' uses the syndicated versions, which cuts nearly all music from the series. In the Season 1 episode "Wild Thing", an entire scene that includes the Frank Sinatra song "That's Why That Lady is a Tramp" is removed, causing the episode to not make any sense at all.
** Averted in the Season 1 episode "Looking For Lucky", where Alf singing "Old Time Rock & Roll" by Music/BobSeger, using a cucumber as microphone, was not removed.
* [[Creator/CookingChannel Fine Living]] repeats of ''Series/IronChef'' had replaced the theme song, "Show Me Your Firetruck" from the film ''Film/{{Backdraft}}''.
* The Netflix versions of several episodes of ''Series/StillGame'' suffer from this. One episode has an entire segment trimmed away to almost nothing (where Isa tells Archie the Hermit about everything that's happened in the last 40 years) but the worst offender is the episode ''Wireless'', where Jack, Victor and Winston try to track down an old record (''Rose Marie'' by Nelson Eddy) to play on a hospital radio show for a dying man. In the Netflix version, the song (along with the moment where the man dies peacefully as he listens to it) is never heard. As with the DVD releases, the opening theme tune is also changed from its original broadcast version.
* The US DVD release of Series 2 of ''Series/OpenAllHours'' removes a scene where Granville parodies ''Film/SinginInTheRain''.

* The Music/TheyMightBeGiants song "AKA Driver" is a strong example. The original title, "[=NyQuil Driver=]", was blocked legally. They Might Be Giants then refused to put the lyrics to the song in the liner notes. It's the only song on that album that doesn't include the lyrics. Excluding covers, it's the only album track on ''any'' of their albums that doesn't include the lyrics.
* A song by British progressive rock band Oceansize was originally titled "Commemorative 9/11 T-shirt" after seeing the very things being sold in New York. After the band was told that this would not pass censorship, the song was renamed "Commemorative _____ T-shirt".
* The text to Music/CharlesIves's song "Tarrant Moss" was from Creator/RudyardKipling. When it was published as #72 of his ''114 Songs'', only the first four words ("I closed and drew") appeared under the vocal line, with a footnote declaring, "Permission to use this verse had not been obtained from Mr. Kipling at the time of going to press." Ives later supplied his own text, which was a veiled TakeThat to William Randolph Hearst.
* The Kabalas' ''Wall Martt Polkaa''.
* "Farewell to Music/JohnDenver" (a very brief parody of "Annie's Song") was removed from ''Creator/MontyPython's Contractual Obligation Album'' and replaced with Terry Jones saying that the item had been omitted for legal reasons.
* The Mountain Goats' "Jenny" mentions a Kawasaki - the official lyrics have the line as "on a new [motorcycle]".
* The title of Dada's "Dizz-Knee Land": You can probably guess what the song was originally going to be called.
* ''1987 (What The Fuck Is Going On?)'' by [[Music/TheKLF The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu]] was pulled from the market due to having a massive amount of unauthorized [[{{sampling}} samples]]. In response, the band released ''1987 (The [=JAMs=] 45 Edits)'', which consisted of all of the original material from the album with all of the samples removed. This left astoundingly barren songs and several large gaps of silence, including a three-minute pause where samples from ''Series/TopOfThePops'' were in the original. The liner notes cited what samples ''would'' have been there, and gave instructions on how to replicate the original version of the album themselves. This edited version of the album had such a small amount of actual music on it that it was formally classified as a 12-inch single.
* Comedian/singer Creator/TimWilson recorded a song about a [[SuckECheeses bouncer at a Chuck E. Cheese's]]. To get the song on an album, he had to name it "Chucky Cheese H*ll" and put a warning on the album that the song was not approved by Chuck E. Cheese's.
* A variation of this happened to Music/MrBungle on their first, self-titled album. The lead song was to be called "[[Creator/JohnTravolta Travolta]]" after a line in the song, but Creator/WarnerBrosRecords made them change it at the last minute (which they did somewhat bitterly, "Quote Unquote" after a line of legalese jargon the band was given on the situation).
* Music/SonicYouth's ''Sister'' featured photo collage artwork on the front and back covers. Two of the images used had to be censored with large black bars for copyright reasons - one was an image of [[http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/lp/lp05a.jpg a little girl in the upper left hand corner]] of the front cover, the other was a photo of Disney's Magic Kingdom on the upper left hand corner of the back cover. A reissue of the album restores the Magic Kingdom picture on the back, sort of - [[http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=885158 most of what would make it recognizable is obscured by a conveniently placed barcode]].
* Goldfinger's cover of "99 Red Balloons" by Nena omitted the "[[Franchise/StarTrek Captain Kirk]]" verse, replacing it with the fourth verse of "99 Luftballons", which was the basis for the English third verse, [[BilingualBonus so the same verse just gets repeated in German]].
* Music/{{Melvins}}' ''Lysol'' had to be changed to a SelfTitledAlbum at the last minute for reasons that should be readily apparent. The album artwork is where the trope comes in: to spare the expense of having to destroy existing copies and redesign the cover, their record label just put black tape over the album name on the front, and inked over the album name on the side. On early editions, the tape and ink were easily removed, and fans took to doing so with their own copies - later printings made this harder to do without damaging the cover. On current CD copies, the cover has a distinct area of blank space where a title clearly ''should'' be... However, a recent vinyl reissue got around the copyright issue by officially changing the title to ''Lice-All'', which of course would be pronounced the same as the original name.
* Dune's planned 2000 comeback album, ''Reunion'', was completely blocked from release due to a copyright lawsuit over just one song, "Heaven", which sounded [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong a bit too similar]] to A7's "Piece of Heaven". You wonder why they didn't just remove the offending song.
* Music/SufjanStevens' album ''Illinois'' (aka ''Come On, Feel the Illinoise!'') initially had cover artwork with Franchise/{{Superman}} flying through the sky in the background. Shortly after releasing the album, the record label realized they never got permission from Creator/DCComics to use Superman's likeness. To prevent a lawsuit, they took every copy that hadn't been sold yet and slapped a sticker of three balloons over the Man of Steel. Later reprintings of ''Illinois'' were less clumsy, and edited the cover art itself to replace Supes with either empty sky or the three balloons.
* Voodoo Glow Skulls' ''Who Is, This Is?'' featured [[Manga/DragonBall Krillin]] on the cover. Apparently, they didn't officially license the character, as a 2012 digital reissue pastes a [[MaskedLuchador luchador-like]] mask over his face.
* Rappers Music/SlickRick and Doug E. Fresh were two of hip-hop's early victims. Their first two popular songs they did together, "The Show" and "La Di Da Di", borrowed lyrics from Music/TheBeatles' "Michelle" and A Taste Of Honey's "Sukiyaki", respectively. Since they didn't get clearance to use the lyrics, they were completely (and due to both verses being in the middle of the song, clumsily) removed from later releases, effectively ruining both songs.
* Music/{{Beck}}'s head is blurred out in the beginning of his "Loser" video, because he was wearing a ''Star Wars'' mask that he did not get permission for.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Up until recently in any Wrestling/{{WWE}} footage before their name change, any time the initials "WWF" were mentioned, the audio suddenly went dead just around the letter "F"; in the same vein, any time the WWF's Attitude Era "scratch" logo was shown on screen, it was covered by {{Pixellation}} (from on-screen graphic logos down to the WWF patch on referee's shirts), and the on-screen "bug" of the logo was covered up by a black-bordered version of the current WWE logo. Show titles and lower-thirds were also edited. As of this writing, however, it seems that WWE has managed to regain the rights to show their older WWF footage with the logo and initials intact. (A settlement was apparently reached with the World Wide Fund for Nature, the charity which instigated WWE's name change.)
** Due to a weird legal grey area in the United Kingdom, older WWE events are allowed to be released in their original uncut format as "Tagged Classics"; this means that the audio and video are both uncut and uncensored, and are presented in their original condition. Unfortunately, these releases are region-locked (and in PAL format), but that can often be worked around (one way or another).
** The old WWF logo got a literal clumsy censorship treatment during the [[Wrestling/AttitudeEra Old]] [[{{Retraux}} School]] [[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]] special, nevertheless. The title cards show the untouched WWF splash screen, not counting the crossed out "World Wrestling Federation" title, supported by the promotion's current name written below. The logo remains unchanged even during the show, as the older WWF logos were not affected by the World Wide Fund for Nature's litigation.
** Recent versions however, use a brand new version of the "Recognized Symbol of Excellence" signature in with the altered WWE "Old School" logo (the modern "WW" in the style of the 1980's logos that debuted on a Wrestling/JohnCena t-shirt) in place of the original with the current full "World Wrestling Entertainment" name below and using the original music and voiceover. The settlement with the charity meant that any WWF logo cannot be used for new programming (the images for old WWF PPV's on the WWE Network use the altered WWE logo while the programs themselves are unedited).
* In addition to their own extensive video library, WWE also owns the rights to the Wrestling/{{ECW}} video library. ECW often used popular music for its wrestlers' themes, so naturally, these songs are dubbed over with generic tracks (often a SuspiciouslySimilarSong; sometimes, when said wrestler has had a WWE or Wrestling/{{WCW}} tenure, with their theme from those promotions) whenever WWE releases any video from ECW. This hurts some wrestlers more than others (Wrestling/NewJack and [[Wrestling/JimFullington The Sandman]], especially).
** WWE does this for their video library, which spans many, many older promotions (including WCW): when they don't want to pay for the rights to a theme, they either use an alternate theme or cut out the offending entrance. This censorship even applies to other audio: Michael Buffer did a fair amount of ring announcing in WCW, and this is usually dubbed over (or cut out) to avoid paying royalties; a similar case occurs often with Wrestling/JesseVentura's WWF commentary.
** One of the worst examples of this was Sandman's entrance during the ''ECW One Night Stand'' reunion Pay-Per-View. Sandman used Metallica's "Enter Sandman" as his entrance theme, which WWE elected not to pick up the rights for when they made the DVD. Instead, they edited out the song, the crowd singing along to the song, and Mick Foley commenting on the crowd singing along to the song.
** Wrestling/TheUndertaker gets it just as bad in DVD releases, with Kid Rock's "American Badass" and Limp Bizkit's "Rollin'" being replaced by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwyaQfYAYJA this]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLkbkB5opfM this]] respectively.
** The [=YouTube=] version of Wrestling/TripleH's Wrestling/WrestleMania entrance edits out Metallica's "For Who The Bell Tolls".

* ''Radio/TheNowShow'' often features short excerpts of copyrighted music (e.g., a burst of "I Predict a Riot" in place of the French national anthem) which have to be removed from the podcast version. Usually [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the replacing segments: "You are now not hearing the song "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt. Frankly, you should count yourself lucky."
* Internet radio station SomaFM had to change the logo of its Underground [[TheEighties 80s]] channel due to trademark infringement. The logo in question was a parody of the London Underground logo, which is trademarked in the US for some reason. The station is based in San Francisco. A [[http://twitter.com/somafm/status/380881748952760320 proposed new logo]] tries to skirt it by changing the circle (which is explicitly stated in the trademark) to a rounded square, though for now the logo is just "Underground Eighties" in AllLowercaseLetters and a light green font.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' contains a particularly infamous example; FASA got permission to use about 20 mecha designs from the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' in 1984, only for Harmony Gold, the creators of the adaptation ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'', to threaten a lawsuit in 1996. As a result, though the designs could be statted out, [[UnPerson they could never be depicted visually]] (either as artwork or models) despite remaining in the pre-existing and subsequent lore and gameplay, leading to the FanNickname "The Unseen". There were multiple attempts to get around this, such as a 2003 sourcebook depicting altered designs as new variants of the mechs (the old designs still exist, but again are not depicted). In 2015 they finally went around the issue entirely by performing one of the series few {{Ret Con}}s; the old mech variants were expictly depicted with new, altered art.
* The first printing of the 1e ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' reference book ''Deities and Demigods'' [[AllMythsAreTrue included game statistics for 17 pantheons]], including the [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]] and [[Literature/TheElricSaga Melnibonéan]] mythoi. Creator/{{TSR}} thought the Cthulhu mythos was public domain and had received permission from Creator/MichaelMoorcock to include his characters; however, it turned out the rival company Creator/{{Chaosium}} owned the TabletopRPG rights to both of them. To avoid a lawsuit, TSR added a credit for the other company to the second printing, but starting with the third printing they left out the offending sections altogether. Nevertheless, the Chaosium credit (and a blurb on the back cover incorrectly indicating the book still contained data on 17 pantheons) remained in the third and some of the fourth printings.
* In the 1950's - 1970's, the Airfix model company released figure sets intended for tabletop wargaming that were tie-ins to then popular TV series, containing character figures based on the TV characters. When large parts of the Airfix range were bought out by figure manufacturers Heller and HaT for re-release in the 1990's/2000's, it was immediately noticeable that the sets were given more generic titles even though the contents were unchanged, despite the fact that TV shows like the original 1950's ''Series/RobinHood'', ''Series/TheHighChapparal'' and ''Tarzan of the Apes'' were just antiquated black and white memories. These became, respectively, things like "Early Mediaeval Knights and Men-At-Arms'', "English Longbowmen", "Cowboys, Design Two" and "Jungle Adventure". Even though the TV shows were largely forgotten, copyright law still applied.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Originally, the 1989 UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis game ''The Revenge of VideoGame/{{Shinobi}}'' featured doppelgangers of ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'', Franchise/{{Terminator}} (who turns green à la ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk''), ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}},'' and ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' (who turns into ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'') as boss villains. None of these were licensed in the slightest. Rereleases of the game gradually replaced the bosses with often bizarre sprites (and Batman into ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'')... with the exception of Spider-Man, who was later recolored into the genuine character (and fleeing instead of morphing into the Devilman knockoff) under license from Marvel because Sega gained the Spidey game rights at the time of the rereleases (See ''VideoGame/SpiderManVsTheKingpin''). Its latest release on the ''UsefulNotes/VirtualConsole'' recolored the Spider-Man boss pink (Creator/{{Activision}} held -- and as of this writing, still holds -- the Spider-Man license by the time the Virtual Console surfaced.).
* The UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance version of ''Spy Hunter'' omits the ''Series/PeterGunn'' theme altogether, so you play the game with ''no'' music.
** Likewise, in the GBA port of ''Frogger'', the well-known songs are changed.
* In the remake of ''VideoGame/{{Space Quest I|The Sarien Encounter}}'', ZZ Top was removed (or at least DummiedOut) due to a lawsuit from the band. Likewise, in ''IV'', Radio Shock had its name changed to Hz So Good in later versions.
* In ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry 5'', Dr. Phil Hopian was originally named Lyccus Von Pelt; this apparently got changed due to the similarity with the name of a certain ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' [[TheLinus character]].
* ''Franchise/MetalGear:''
** Due to fear of a lawsuit over its blatant similarity with Sviridov's "The Winter Road", the iconic ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' theme was omitted from later games in the series.
** In the mobile phone, the ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence]]'' and Virtual Console rereleases of the first two ''Metal Gear'' games, many of the boss names were changed due to possible copyright issues: Arnold=>Bloody Brad, Coward Duck=>Dirty Duck, Black Collar=> Black Ninja, Ultrabox=>Four Horsemen, Night Sight=>Night Fright, etc.
** In the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', Konami got licensing deals with a number of snack food companies and they appear as a form of usable product placement (generally, brand name food items are used as an improved version of generic food items). In other territories, they didn't have the same deals, so the Doritos, Mountain Dew and curry brands are replaced by things like "T. Chips", "Lemon-Lime Soda", and "Future Curry".
* Later versions of ''VideoGame/{{Pengo}}'' replaced Gershon Kingsley's "[[StandardSnippet Popcorn]]" with an original tune.
* The Wii Virtual Console re-release of ''VideoGame/TecmoBowl'' simply blanked out all player names, leaving only their numbers behind, the reason is because [[{{Creator/ElectronicArts}} EA]] secured the rights to all teams and players from the NFL for the Madden series.
* Among the characters included in the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' are a dictator named Vega, a guy with a claw on his hand named Balrog, and a boxer named Mike Bison, a clear reference to actual boxer Mike Tyson. In the United States version, they changed it around by making M. Bison the dictator, Vega the guy with the claw, and Balrog as the boxer.
** The SNK-produced ''SNK vs Capcom: The Match of the Millennium'' on the Neo-Geo Pocket Color has an interesting side effect in one of its endings due to this. Yuri dismisses M.Bison by stating "M.Bison? Schmega!" as opposed to ''"Vega?'' Schmega!"
* All modern-day re-releases of ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'' renamed licensed eateries. For example, KFC was renamed to FCS (Fried Chicken Shack), and Pizza Hut is simply a "Pizza place". Not only were the names of the eateries changed, but the soundtracks were completely replaced as well, so no more Music/{{Offspring}} or Music/BadReligion for you.
** The latter is averted in the iOS and Android ports, though.
* On the PSP version of ''VideoGame/PaRappaTheRapper'', P.J. Berri and Katy Kat ordering chocolate frosties in the intro have the "frosty" part silenced, most likely due to the Wendy's company not approving of Sony mentioning their frosties without permission.
* The Virtual Console rerelease of the arcade version of ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' changed the second boss's theme, due to it being too similar to Music/BlackSabbath's "Iron Man".
* Originally, ''Videogame/SonicSpinball'' had the title screen themes of ''Videogame/SonicTheHedgehog'' and ''Videogame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' for its title screen music until the composer was informed that he did not have the rights to compose the song. So a new title screen theme had to be composed last-minute. The very first copies of Sonic Spinball retain the original title screen theme whilst all other copies are the edited version.
** The Music/MichaelJackson(and Brad Buxer)-composed songs in ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'', namely Carnival Night Zone, Ice Cap Zone, Launch Base Zone, Knuckles' Sonic 3 theme, the Competition Menu, and the Sonic 3 credits music, were replaced for the PC version.
* ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}} Anniversary'' replaced the licensed songs by Breaking Benjamin and Incubus with original music.
** Similarly, the original ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved Anniversary'' had to change the red crosses on the health backs to caduceuses; this is because the red cross is actually a trade mark of the, well, Red Cross, in addition to holding significance under international law that the organization doesn't want diluted by overexposure.
* ''New York City Bus Simulator'' is full of lazy attempts to bypass copyright, most of which are shown in [[WebVideo/{{Vinesauce}} Vinesauce's Vinny's]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQzvo6KUk9M stream]] of it. Highlights include: "King King" instead of Burger King, "Dad & Dad" instead of Dave & Buster's, "Bercedes Men" instead of Mercedes-Benz, "Dudna Aeade" instead of Duane Reade, and a mirrored version of Champs Sports' logo.
* ''Videogame/MechWarrior'', set in the ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'' universe, was likewise affected by the Harmony Gold lawsuit preventing the designs licensed from ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' from appearing. Starting with ''Mechwarrior 3'' in 1999, these "Unseen" HumongousMecha were completely absent from the games despite their prominence in the fluff and their popularity due to their [[JackOfAllStats balanced stats]], until the release of ''Mechwarrior Living Legends'' in 2009 which featured the "Warhammer" and "Rifleman" mechs (both of which were licensed from ''Macross''), which got away with it because it was a [[FreewareGame non-commercial game]].
* After [[{{Creator/Rare}} Rare]] was bought by Microsoft, many changes were made in re-releases and remakes that originally had involvement with Nintendo.
** The Xbox 360 port of the ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'', originally for the Nintendo 64:
*** The Nintendo 64 logo in the opening is gone
*** The Nintendo logo on Mumbo's Xylophone is replaced with the Microsoft Game Studios logo
*** In an aversion, Banjo still has his UsefulNotes/GameBoy, but the start-up sound is removed.
*** In another aversion, Gnawty, a beaver from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1'', is still there and with the same name.
** The Xbox 360 port of ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie'', originally for the Nintendo 64:
*** In the original version, Kazooie explicitly says the name [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] when she says Loggo should call a plumber, but in the Xbox Live version, he is called ''"That well-known Italian gentleman"''.
*** There was a fridge magnet written "DK" for [[{{Franchise/DonkeyKong}} Donkey Kong]] in the original version, but it was changed into "BK" for ''Banjo-Kazooie''.
*** In an aversion, the N64 cartridges found in the game are still there, they give you different items, but this doesn't fall in this trope.
*** Some questions of the [[{{Main/PopQuiz}} Tower of Tragedy]] were changed:
*** "What game does not have a refrigerator magnet in the Workers Quarters in Grunty Industries?" In the original version the correct answer was ''Banjo-Kazooie'', but now is ''Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts''.
*** Question "How many buttons has an official Nintendo 64 controller got?", whose answer is 10, has been changed by "How many buttons has an official Xbox 360 controller got?", whose answer is 13.
*** Goggles the Mole is playing with a Donkey Kong doll in the original, he was kept in the Xbox Live version, but he doesn't have his necktie anymore, and the question about the doll with which Goggles plays also have changed. Instead of Donkey Kong, the answer is "an adorable gorilla".
*** In Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, the instructions to how to play the game are changed to match the 360 controller, the biggest problem is with Jamjars who rhymed his instructions, they made no effort to come up with new rhymes.
** ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing'' had a remake for the Nintendo DS in 2007, in it, Banjo and [[{{VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay}} Conker]] were removed and replaced by Dixie Kong and Tiny Kong, the fact that Conker originally was meant for a cute and cuddly videogame that eventually changed into a gross and violent game also helps.
*** However, many other characters are still Rare property like Timber, Pipsy and Tiptup, the original copyright notice says Rare owns the game, the notice of the remake says Nintendo owns it, but some characters are still Rare property.
** ''[[{{VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay}} Conker's Bad Fur Day]]'' had a port for Xbox One in the ''Rare Replay'' complilation, some changes:
*** The Nintendo logo is removed from the opening cutscene
*** The opening cutscene where Conker cuts the N64 logo with a chainsaw is removed, so is the part where Conker pulls the Rareware logo from his pocket.
*** The part that says "Nintendo presents" is replaced with "Microsoft Studios presents".
*** Also, similar changes were made in the Xbox remake ''Conker: Live and Reloaded''.
** The Donkey Kong series had a bit of this:
*** Dixie Kong originally had a Rare logo in her beret that sometimes appeared in some artworks, the logo appeared in Diddy Kong Racing DS, but doesn't appear in Dixie's other appearances after that.
*** The Donkey Kong Country games had remakes that didn't have much of this, but the soundtrack to ''[[{{VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble}} Donkey Kong Country 3]]'' was changed in the GBA remake, this may or may not be related to Rare being sold to Microsoft.
*** While Nintendo readily used Rare's redesigned Donkey Kong in cross-over games like ''Mario Kart'' and ''Super Smash Bros.'', they were unsure if they could use Rare's newly created Donkey Kong characters, like Diddy Kong. Somehow, they realized they could, and began including other DKC characters in cross-over games starting with ''VideoGame/MarioKartDoubleDash''.
*** Also, the 3 games of the Donkey Kong Country SNES trilogy were re-released for the Wii unchanged, but for whatever reason, they were removed, but a few years later, they came back for the Wii U, along with the ''Donkey Kong Land'' trilogy
*** Semi-Averted with ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', the Virtual Console service started in November 2006 for the Wii, and only in April 2015 the game got a re-release for the Wii U, but the game stayed unchanged, it even includes the game ''[[{{VideoGame/Jetpac}} Jetpac]]'', which is now owned by Microsoft.
*** Many people speculated that the reason why ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' doesn't have the Kremlings from the original trilogy and they were replaced with the Tiki Tak Tribe, was because Rare still owned them, but that's not the case, the Kremlings still made many appearances after Rare left Nintendo, Creator/RetroStudios only wanted to make the game different from the originals.
* This trope seems to be going on the rise when it comes to mobile games that utilize copyrighted characters without permission, especially the monster-raising MMORPG ones. This applies to the screenshots of the game in question, where the characters actually featured in-game are either covered up with [[CaptainErsatz Captain Ersatzes]] or left as silhouettes in order to dodge the app store's copyright violation detection. Another variation involves covering up the characters with bright white light from one corner/side while still keeping what's left of whatever implied features shown in the screenshot.
* Two levels of ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}'' were originally titled "[[Film/MaryPoppins Mary Poppins' Land]]" and "ComicStrip/TheFarSide". Later versions renamed them "Umbrella Land" and "The Other Side", respectively.
* ''Summer Carnival '92 VideoGame/{{Recca}}'' has a DummiedOut intro that displays a "[[Creator/{{SEGA}} S?GA]]" logo and plays a rendition of the SEGA Scream; said logo gets [[TakeThat destroyed in a cluster of explosions]] to make way for a "[[Creator/{{Nintendo}} Nint?ndo]]" logo and the UsefulNotes/GameBoy chime.
* When the ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'' and ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' parody game ''No Mario's Sky'' got slapped with a DMCA notice by Nintendo, the creators [[LampshadeHanging intentionally]] chose awkward replacements for the ''Mario'' content: ''Mario'' characters were replaced with blatant {{Captain Ersatz}}es, and the game was retitled ''DMCA's Sky''.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* This has even happened to WebAnimation/{{Animutation}}s. That infamous Peter Pan cosplayer that shows up in some of them has actually filed DMCA complaints about unauthorized use of his picture, and thus [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvfkvw-luGU the YouTube version]] of Dwedit's "[=JamezBond=]" replaces his picture with a silhouette filled with text {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing the situation (seen above).
* Parodied in the WebAnimation/HomestarRunner cartoon "A Decemberween Mackerel." Homestar and Marzipan are singing the "O Decemberween" carol from an earlier 'toon, except the line "Coach Z's been drinking Listerine" is replaced with "Coach Z's been drinking nonspecific-mouthwash-rine". Then a lawyer sticks a document into the frame and tells Homestar to sign it.
* During late-season 3 of ''WebAnimation/NextGPoop'', Matt de Rojas started to notice Warner Music Group was forcing [=YouTube=] to mute any episode of the series that used The Rembrandts' "[[Series/{{Friends}} I'll Be There for You]]" as an opening theme. To prevent this (and [=YouTube=] later ''would'' unmute the episodes), any episode made in 2009 featured the Plain White T's' "Take Me Away" instead. However, anything else in the intro aside from the song remained unchanged, and as a result certain sections of the intro which synced to parts of the original song (there was one part that synced to the clapping section of the first verse of "I'll Be There for You") look sloppy and a little rushed.
* A ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'' spoof of Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' originally had a cover of "Let it Go", but Disney made ''HISHE'' change the lyrics, as quoted above.
* After ''WebAnimation/HouseOfCosbys'' received a C&D from Cosby's legal team, the unofficial ''House of Cosbys 5'' censored out every reference to his name and likeness; however, it was done ''[[BleepDammit extremely]]'' [[BleepDammit crudely]], with his face obscured by a black square that often slid out of position, and name bleeping mistimed to the point where it eventually happened after his full name was said.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The print version of ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' had a page missing... because a character was singing a Queen song on it.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', in a similar situation, took the less extreme route of just removing the copyrighted lyrics from the page in the "Fire and Rain" storyline. The printed edition of the book included some lyrics, including those that hadn't appeared in the strip (the lyric-yoinking began before the plot finished), but it was significantly reduced to just the most relevant lyrics of each song.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' had a legal run-in with American Greetings over a parody they made of WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake (and ''American [=McGee's=] Alice''—it imagined the former in the style of the latter). The strip was removed from the archive and replaced with [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/4/14/ a black strip with white text explaining the situation, and giving out the email address of American Greetings' legal counsel]]. This being ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', they also followed up with a TakeThat titled [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/4/28/ "Read It Before They Take Legal Action"]]. As they also encouraged their fans to forward the original strip to everyone they could, it is [[StreisandEffect exceedingly easy to find the parody online anyway]].
* Parodied in ''[[Webcomic/{{Mezzacotta}} Comment on a Postcard]]'', [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/postcard/?comic=47 here]].
* In the print version of ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'', anything in the Shirt Guy Dom comics that was taken directly from another source are covered by a censor bar, with notes on top explaining what it was.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'':
** In the DVD releases of the episodes, the licensed material is removed with the purpose of not being sued by the rights of the original material. By that, for example, ''Film/TheWizard'' review had to be removed from the ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' + ''The Wizard'' review. In the ''Rocky'' episode, the licensed music had to be removed and replaced with a SuspiciouslySimilarSong version of "Gonna Fly Now", plus the instance of the appearance of clips from the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' movies also had to be removed, between others.
** While on the subject of the AVGN, ''Film/AngryVideoGameNerdTheMovie'' involves the Nerd going on a quest to review ''E.T.'' on the Atari 2600. Obviously, they can't use the exact title "E.T.", so the game is constantly spelled as "EEE TEE", and the video game graphic shows E.T. with a mustache.
* All of Music/{{Prince}}'s songs and videos are banned from Website/YouTube.
* Speaking of Website/YouTube, a very common sight on there is copyrighted TV shows and movies that are cropped, given a large border around the video, or a "starburst" pattern obscuring part of it, as well as speeding, altering the audio to have a lower or higher pitch, or flipping it as a mirror image. While this makes it a ''teeny, tiny'' bit harder to catch because it trips up auto-flagging on copyrighted stuff, it does absolutely nothing to stop the rights holder from making a claim against it.
* Creator/SamAndMickey's "The Wedding" disappeared after a claim on its usage of Hall and Oates' "You Make My Dreams", necessitating the duo to replace the song with audio of Mickey singing a parody.
* After gillythekid's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dspK-JPR2jc review]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheEmojiMovie'' was copyright claimed by Sony, he reuploaded it with the following text slapped over the footage from the film:
--> Sony copyright claimed this video, so now you guys have to see this ugly bs on the screen the whole time, enjoy

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On "The Spirit of Mickey" VHS tape, the print of the WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse cartoon "Mickey's Surprise Party" is edited to remove the ProductPlacement of Nabisco cookies in the end by digitally editing a background and having Russi Taylor redubbing some of Minnie Mouse's lines. The former change is acceptable, but Russi's new lines painfully clash with the sound quality of the rest of the cartoon. At any rate, the cartoon was later presented unedited on the first Walt Disney Treasures Mickey Mouse set.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'': Randal wanted to compare the episode's situation to ''Film/{{Outbreak}}'' but, because the show didn't get Creator/DustinHoffman's permission to use his name or likeness, the narrator announced that all references would be replaced by Creator/AlPacino. It looks like a silly joke, but the DVDCommentary explains that this was actually necessary to get it through legal.
-->'''Randal:''' "This is just like that (in a different voice) Al Pacino (regular voice) movie!"
* The original runs of ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'', and ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' included covers of popular songs during action sequences. While the songs are retained on some early VHS releases of ''Super Show'' and one [=DVD=] of ''Adventures'', reruns and later home video release replace them with instrumentals of original songs.
** A particularly egregious example involves an episode of ''Super Mario Bros. 3'' with Music/MilliVanilli as guest stars. Their, erm, "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milli_Vanilli#Media_backlash performance]]" in the episode is dubbed over -- with an instrumental piece. The original version of the episode has never been seen since its original airdate, so it's obviously not on DVD.
* After MTV announced that ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' would come to DVD in 2010, fans expected that most, if not all, of the licensed music would be replaced, since previous releases of the movies had all the music altered (though not as clumsily as was done for other examples on this page.) MTV supposedly respects the show and repeatedly assured the fans that they were going to great lengths to avoid clumsiness. However, after the official release, fans reported that some replacements have proven clumsy anyway. One particular instance that might prove noticeable even to new and casual fans concerns an homage to the music video for Music/{{REM}}'s "Everybody Hurts" in the episode "Road Worrier", which has completely different-sounding music in the current print. The N and Logo also showed episodes different music, though The N retained more of the original songs than the [=DVDs=] and Logo do.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' received a few music edits on the DVD sets, including removing a sequence when "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In" played in the episode "Not So Easy Riders". Luckily, none of the Music/FrankZappa tunes were affected by this practice.
* The accordion music for the original version of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Pingu}}'' episode "Pingu Has Music Lessons From His Grandfather" was deleted from the re-soundtracked Sprout airings and DVD prints because the producers were unable to get a copyright clearance for it. The original version with the censored music were only found on the UK VHS release for ''Building Igloos'' and on Creator/CartoonNetwork airing.
** A similar issue also occurred in "Pingu Helps With Incubating". In the original version, there are scenes where Pingu turns on a record player and dances with a song. The song was the Music/VideoKids hit "Woodpeckers from Space". The redubbed version replaced the music with an instrumental version of David Hasselhoff's "Pingu Dance" (which would be the redubbed version's opening theme).
** The original version of "Ice Hockey" had a version of the song "Hand in Hand", which originally was sung in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Again, the evil guys from HIT dubbed this over with another song.
* While most episodes of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' are available on [=iTunes=], several are not, most likely due to issues with music rights. For example, "The Golden Years" has Nikki Cleary performing "Summertime Guys", while "Queen Bebe" has an animated version of Music/SmashMouth playing "Come On Come On".
* All releases of the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' animated shorts removed the Coca-Cola and Dolly Madison sponsorship tags following their original broadcast dates. They did this by cutting those segments out of the specials entirely. The drop-out is quite noticeable, in the case of ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' this censorship keeps us from finding out [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse whatever happened to Linus]] when Snoopy was spinning him and Charlie Brown around (he crashed into a sign reading "Brought to you by the people in your town who bottle Coca-Cola"). The ending of the special (where the gang sings "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing") also fades out awkwardly due to the ending being drowned out by an announcer spiel for Coca-Cola. Nowadays, those sponsor tags are quite sought-after, and Coca-Cola even volunteered to restore the tags for the 2008 reissue of ''A Charlie Brown Christmas''; Schulz Studios turned the offer down.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' villain Morbulus was originally named "Occulus." As he had eyes in the back of his head, this name made sense. However because there was a Creator/MarvelComics villain named that, Creator/HannaBarbera, fearful of incurring Marvel's wrath (even though Marvel never actually complained), redubbed all of the dialog to change Occulus' name to the somewhat less meaningful "Morbulus," which has nothing to do with the character's extra eyes. He is still identified as Occulus in model sheets and storyboards, though, and in a brief mention in a script written ''after'' the change was made. Apparently the writers still referred to him by his original name behind the scenes.
* Something Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} has been doing for episodes of their shows featuring licensed music is that, to avoid dealing with the legal issues, they cut out the entire A-segment featuring the licensed song, while leaving the B-segment alone. Specific series to follow this trend are ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'', with the segment "The Smooch" (featuring Baha Men's "Coconut") cut from the Amazon DVD of the series, and ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', with "Party at Neutron's" (featuring songs from TheMovie) removed from the Australian DVD release of the first season. In ''[=ChalkZone=]'''s case, the credits were untouched, revealing both the lost episode and the song that got in the way.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' Season 1 DVD had the sketch with ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' joining Teen Titans removed from the episode for some legal reason. The resulting episode ended up suspiciously short. Syndication and international airings, as well as Hulu kept the sketch intact.

* The International Olympic Committee has taken an increasingly aggressive line when enforcing its trademarks in recent years, to the point where some London hotels found themselves served with a cease-and-desist for even mentioning the words "Olympic Games" in their advertising in the run-up to the 2012 Games. Any ProductPlacement that the Committee hasn't been paid for is also verboten, to the point where Games staff were actually sent into each venue's bathrooms to tape over the maker's marks on the sinks and toilets.