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Offline The Silver Monkey

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« on: November 03, 2008, 07:37:06 AM »
Quoted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Survived_A_Japanese_Game_Show#Contestants:

"For Episodes 1 through 6, players with a green background and yellow lettering played on the Green Monkeys, while players with a yellow background and green lettering played on the Yellow Penguins."

Basically, do you think the name of the Green team was intentional or just an odd coincedence?


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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2008, 12:12:26 PM »
Trust me. Total coincidence

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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2008, 09:16:44 PM »
Yes, total Coincidence. If not, don't you think Viacom would've sued by now?




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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2008, 09:40:24 PM »
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Yes, total Coincidence. If not, don't you think Viacom would've sued by now?

Why would they have sued? I doubt they have any legal right to the name.

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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2008, 10:00:26 PM »
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Yes, total Coincidence. If not, don't you think Viacom would've sued by now?
Why would they have sued? I doubt they have any legal right to the name.


I'm not saying that Viacom has the "Legal Right" to the name "Green Monkeys". What I AM saying is that if it wasn't a coincidence, and it was a FLAGRANT noncoincidence, then Viacom would have the right to sue.

I'm ALSO referencing the fact that it seems that Viacom is willing to sue anyone at the drop of a hat nowadays.




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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2008, 08:48:50 AM »
The sad part is that, even though S-S wouldn't have much of a case, it could still make waves.

Back in the 1980s, The Price Is Right once had a game called Blank Check.  However, someone at Barry and Enright had the idea to sue because they had created a 13-week series titled Blank Check in the mid 1970s.  Instead of going to trial, the producers of The Price Is Right decided to rename the game Check Game.

(Incidentally, a trademark search for "Green Monkeys" produces 7 results, none of which is related to Legends of the Hidden Temple)

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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2008, 08:52:13 AM »
Copyright laws don't work like that. If they did than every other line in mystery science theater 3000 would violate some copyright law.

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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2008, 09:03:11 AM »
First, I am not a lawyer, so do not treat this as legal advice.

What I see are three issues regarding copyrights, patents, and trademarks.

Stone-Stanley can have a copyright to the actual episodes.  They cannot copyright the rules, as that is an idea, not an expression which copyright protects (they can copyright the wording of the official rules).  In essence, none of the game mechanics are copyrightable.  Having multiple teams in different colors, having those teams be eliminated through the course of a show, and having the winning team run through an obstacle course are stock elements of game shows, and are therefore no more copyrightable than the idea of a superhero.

That being said, the rules of the game, if they are sufficiently creative, may still be under patent.  If they were, the patent would expire no later than 2014.

As for trademarks, Viacom still holds the trademark to "Legends of the Hidden Temple," which essentially prevents anyone else from using that name.  It does not hold a registered trademark to the term "Green Monkeys."  In fact, there is a production company named "Green Monkey Productions" with a registered trademark to that name.  So I don't see how Viacom would have any basis to sue.