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NEWS: Osaka Abandons Totoro Lawn Art Due to Copyright Issues




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JohnnySake



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 6:00 am Reply with quote
I didn't know lawn art could be crafted with such precision that it would be considered copyright infringement. I also thought such things were free advertising for the actual product in question.
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ConanSan



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 7:43 am Reply with quote
JohnnySake wrote:
I didn't know lawn art could be crafted with such precision that it would be considered copyright infringement. I also thought such things were free advertising for the actual product in question.
You'd be suprised.
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kokuryu



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:51 am Reply with quote
Some artist painted Disney scenes in a kid's bedroom - Disney came in with a HUGE lawsuit (millions) and everything was painted over. Happens all the time. Especially if the rights holders hear about it.
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Mohawk52



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:00 am Reply with quote
Yeah, but this is Japan, the place where copyrights are violated on a daily bases in one form, or another, and the copyrights holders don't seem to bat an eyelash about it. Could this be a change in attitude, or just someone at the council having a hand wringing moment?
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hikaru004



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:06 am Reply with quote
Either way they still owe Studio Ghibli for past copyright fees until the time it is taken down unless they made a deal already.
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Mohawk52



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:21 am Reply with quote
hikaru004 wrote:
Either way they still owe Studio Ghibli for past copyright fees until the time it is taken down unless they made a deal already.
And the rest. Hell just about everybody on the island would own almost every studio fees if that were the case. Laughing
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hikaru004



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:50 am Reply with quote
But we're talking about a government agency who should have known better.
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Mohawk52



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:31 am Reply with quote
hikaru004 wrote:
But we're talking about a government agency who should have known better.
Laughing Laughing Government agency? Laughing Laughing Should have known better? Laughing Laughing it's the way ya tell 'em. Laughing Laughing
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ConanSan



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 4:49 pm Reply with quote
hikaru004 wrote:
But we're talking about a government agency who should have known better.

Ladies and gentlemen, disarming your own argument before you're half way into it.
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Mikuru



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:07 pm Reply with quote
kokuryu wrote:
Some artist painted Disney scenes in a kid's bedroom - Disney came in with a HUGE lawsuit (millions) and everything was painted over. Happens all the time. Especially if the rights holders hear about it.


http://www.snopes.com/​disney/​wdco/​daycare.​asp

This case?

I agree, the Totoro lawn thing is dumb. I'm sure my artist friend would be overjoyed if someone made lawn art over her characters.
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Shadowrun20XX



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:37 am Reply with quote
Planet sued by copyright holders,Wind blew dirt into Totoro design.News at eleven.
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partially



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:03 pm Reply with quote
I think this issue is simply that of council bureaucracy trying to shut down a project that was costing them money. It does not sound like Ghibli cared at all, doesn't even indicate Ghibli has ever said anything about it.

They bored person behind his desk saw an unauthorized project that has been done by council employees, researched it a bit saw a copyright issue and used it to shut it down. Unfortunately happens all the time.
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StudioToledo



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:14 am Reply with quote
When things like this happen, I think back to my high school years when the pep club favored painting Pink Panther on posters instead of the school's own original mascot animation, go figure! Cool
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