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Toho sues U.S. studio over Godzilla copyright violation

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By YURI KAGEYAMA

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hope the japan doesnt put down their allegation just bc of politics and let the sue be like us did to toyota

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To be fair, recent depictions of Godzilla hardly resemble the original Toho version. A slight name change should prevent any lawsuits. Say, Gawdzilla? OMGZilla? Goad-zeela? (read with Indian accent)

Toho killed Godzilla in 2004, with the 28th film in the series, but has decided to shoot a new film after the Hollywood remake proved a hit.

Aha! Naruhodo! The real reason!

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Dan: Do new images and actors portraying superman resemble the old TV black and white episodes? I do not think so.

Godzilla is copyrighted and protected. V Movies are stealing its fame. A slight name change is like what China does to logos. It is theft.

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Watched the first one back in the early 50s, left the theater, went into another theater and watched Rodan. Been hooked almost 60 years, thanks mom.

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This story may not be the first case this year of a Japanese entertainment company suing a US entertainment company for copyright infringement in 2015. A LOT of people in Japan have said that the new Disney/Pixar movie Inside Out bears too much resemblance to the manga series Nounai Poison Berry, which has been published by Shueisha in a manga anthology since 2009 (and a live action movie adaption just came out a few weeks ago in Japan).

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It's not a good idea for anyone to use any images of Godzilla without permission. Toho has a US law firm that will lay down a big hammer against you. It's a very well protected property.

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Vernie Jefferies, all the films copy each other in some way shape or form.

I don't know why they marked this off topic when it is not.

Think, what changes in films? The characters change, the background changes, the time period its set in changes. Cars, planes, weapons, clothes all change to fit that time period.

However the plots change very little between different unrelated action, SciFi, horror, drama or crime films.

The chases and shoot'em ups are pretty much the same depending on how many explosions they can afford, and how big, how many added people are in the movie depends on the budget.

Money plays a big role to make it and pay the people in the really long list of credits, someone or a company to back it and someone to pick it up and release it.

Advertising can make a film look too good, then the film flops, people are disappointed that made it and the people who paid to see it.

Watch enough movies and you'll start to see it, many situations, and locations are reused in more than one movie and some of the movies have nothing to do with the other."

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So it's not a Godzilla film in the sense that it's about Godzilla the monster, but it's about MAKING Godzilla films? Actually sounds quite interesting.

I hope Toho wins though... Voltage really do need to obtain the rights to use the name and likeness in the film, and not just do what they want. Not a fanzine.

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Voltage Pictures. Now where have I heard that name before...? Oh yeah! The studio currently going after Aussie downloaders The Dallas Buyers Club case). Hope Toho give them an absolute caning!

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This story may not be the first case this year of a Japanese entertainment company suing a US entertainment company for copyright infringement in 2015. A LOT of people in Japan have said that the new Disney/Pixar movie Inside Out bears too much resemblance to the manga series Nounai Poison Berry, which has been published by Shueisha in a manga anthology since 2009 (and a live action movie adaption just came out a few weeks ago in Japan).

And a lot of people in America thinks those bear too much of a resemblance to the 1990s TV show Herman's Head:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman%27s_Head

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Hope this "Volt " goes down in flames,just like Chevrolets Volt !
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It's a good thing Godzilla isn't based on tyrannosaurus rex or anything.

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Finally, Japan is trying, at least for once, to protect its rights against American arrogance.

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Ya guys realize it's an American law firm that filed this lawsuit on behalf of Toho, right?

It's an American protecting the rights of one of its clients against another American, heheh.

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