Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
comcast town, godzilla, trademark

Companies:
comcast, toho



Godzilla Takes On Comcast Over Trademark

from the this-should-be-fun dept

We all know that Monster Cable has a long history of being overly aggressive when it comes to trademarks, but it's not the only trademark "monster" out there. Apparently, Toho, the owners of the trademark on the monster Godzilla are equally, if not more aggressive. In Godzilla's latest battle, he's not taking on Mothra, but Comcast. Apparently, Comcast is running some sort of ad campaign for "Comcast Town" which looks sorta like its own version of Sim City. But within this Town, there's a monster that will sometimes stop by and destroy things... and (yup) that monster bears a passing resemblance to Godzilla, and Toho is not happy. And, apparently, you don't want to make Godzilla's lawyers angry (yes, mixing fictional angry character tag lines here...). Comcast, for its part, denies that the character is Godzilla, though Toho doesn't buy it. Of course, you might ask where's the actual "harm" here, as it would seem to only help advertise Godzilla and Godzilla movies -- though, Toho would likely argue that the harm is in Comcast not licensing the character (or the potential idea that this makes Godzilla "generic").

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    Dustin, 11 Aug 2009 @ 7:41am

    Re: Maybe They could make it more obvious

    Reminds me of that scene from Austin Powers in Goldmember:

    Guy1: Run, it's Godzilla!
    Guy2: It looks like Godzilla, but due to international copyright laws, it's not.
    Guy1: Still we should run like it is Godzilla.
    Guy2: Though it isn't.

    Hah, looking at the youtube video Guy2 is Hiro from Heroes.

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