the name game

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  1. Funky Munky

    Funky Munky G.I. Formers & Trans-Joe TFW2005 Supporter

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    So considering TF's that use the original 80's mold, why do the names have to be changed?
    Why wasn't Ro-Tor still named Vortex because the mold is the same. Different color, but still.
    The name Ro-Tor could be used to design a new Transformer.

    I guess my question is for those who understand copyrighting.
     
  2. Auto Morph

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    I've asked this question before, and got some decent answers but nothing that really made me fully understand what this is, so I'd be interested to find out as well.

    I know a lot of it has to do with the fact that you can't use a name for a TF that is too generic, ie just "Jazz" or "Tracks".

    What I really want to know is who owns the actual names to things like "Hot Rod", although I see that Hasbro has got back names like "Bluestreak" and "Shockwave" in recent years. Anyone know who had those during the time Hasbro didn't?
     
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    Well, as far as Ro-Tor is concerned, RiD Ruination was a completely different character from G1 Bruticus. So that had nothing to do with Trademark License.
     

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