I hear Godzilla would only be in the public domain in the year 2049... is this true?
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Godzilla will be in public domain?
As I understand, when Godzilla will become public domain, then all movie companies will can use him and will can make their own Godzilla films. Am I right?
That will probably be irrelevant in the future because Toho can just rerelease the original Godzilla movie and the early showa movies to push the date back another 100 years from that rerelease date. (This is my understanding of it, I may be wrong)
According to this blog post, Godzilla (1954) will enter the public domain in the U.S. in 2049. In Japan, it's a bit less clear:
So, for Godzilla and every other Godzilla film until Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), who is the author? Godzilla films were usually more collaborative works than Kurosawa's films. The collaborative team for Godzilla included several people, principally Director and Ishiro Honda, Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka (who came up with the original idea), Special Effects Director Eiji Tsuburaya and Music Composer Akira Ifukube. Most of these men would comprise the team for the later entries in the Godzilla franchise until 1975. If the Kurosawa Rule is strictly confined to the director, then it would be Honda's death in 1993 that would start the clock on the 38 years for Godzilla and its first eight sequels. If on the other hand, Japanese law on co-authorship is more like that of the United Kingdom's when it comes to film (last to die of Principal Director, Screenwriter, Dialogue Writer or Film Composer), then it would be measured from Ifukube's death in 2006. Assuming that the statement “the copyright over films is protected for 38 years from the year after the death of the director” as translated on the akirakurosawa.info site applies to all pre-1970 films, then 2031 will see a lot of Godzilla enter the public domain in its native country.
Now, there's a major error by the writer here: Motoyoshi Oda directed Godzilla Raids Again, not Honda, and he died in 1973. So evidently the Kurosawa rule doesn't apply only to the director, or GRA would've become public domain in 2010. Of the film's writers and composers, the longest-lived was Masaru Sato, who passed away in 1999. That would put GRA in the public domain by 2037. Sounds like it would have to be settled in court either way, and I don't envy whoever tries to claim a Godzilla movie from Toho first.
It's also worth noting that Godzilla (1954) entering the public domain would not grant anyone limitless use of the Godzilla character, just the version in that film. If you wrote a story in 2049 where Godzilla had a nuclear pulse, spiky purple dorsal fins, or a tail beam, Toho would still pulverize you, because the films where those traits originated would still be theirs.
Confusing matters further, Godzilla's first media appearance was not the '54 film, but a radio drama adaptation, which aired from July 17 to September 25. That's an extremely obscure work, but expect Toho to bring it up in court if it has the slightest chance of extending their exclusive ownership of the character.
A number of American pop culture icons will enter the public domain before Godzilla, with Mickey Mouse first in line, so keep an eye on them for signs of how this is going to go.
Ok I understand... thank you!
Godzilla and all Toho monsters characters are trademarked, which will probably prevent anyone else from making Godzilla films once the first Godzilla work enters public domain.
From the Ars Technica article I linked to, seems like that's another question for the courts.
My contributions removed?
I ain't trying to fight them, just wanna know why? Just want to have more information before they're added fully to the page or something?
So you're not gonna justify me with an answer, huh?
Because you're jumping the gun. Not until the monsters are officially confirmed and we have some idea of their roles will we be adding sections for Singular Point.
We don't have any idea what Rodan's role is, and he has his OWN PAGE. I'm just confused at this point.
About 47 Heroines
I first added the crossover the the Godzilla video game list, but I didn't imagine someone will make a page for the game, that is cool, yes.
As you were the creator of the page I have some questions to you about it.
1. Where you found the story/plot of the event?
2. When it says King Ghidorah can destroy this world.... it means the planet or the universe? Usually in japanese the word "world" means universe.
Thanks in advance!
1. I think it was just in the description for the trailer for the event.
2. I have no idea.
Can you please show me the trailer for the event?
I dont wanna bother but please show me the trailer of the event
I appreciate you trying to help but it's actually a super weapon aircraft like the Super-X and you have it in land vehicles. XD
Thank you, that was driving me crazy.
A favor please
Would you be willing to do me a favor and delete my comment on the Heisei Mothra page? It was incredibly immature and honestly it's embarrassing to even think back to it.
Looks like ABB already did.
Godziban new episode
It's finally released https://youtu.be/x0sb4HDaM7o
quick question how do you make a sandbox page?
I wanna add a page for the 1998 movie Gargantua
Kiryu's Maser Blade
I looked it up and Kiryu has only one Maser Blade and its in his right gauntlet
You have to provide a source, you can't just say "I looked it up."
Ok I've looked at other sites and they each say Kiryu has two blades. Although he only uses one in Tokyo S.o.S
Gojipedia is the only one I can think of at the moment
Gojipedia says Kiryu only has one Maser Blade. (Unsurprising, as they're Gojipedia.) We say he has two because his gauntlets are symmetrical. The Modified Type-3 Kiryu in Tokyo S.O.S. does not have any (though his Spiral Claw was a clear upgrade).
The spiral claw is one hand though right?
Wait, I thought he still used his Maser Blade in Tokyo S.O.S I knew he uses it in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla though.
He doesn't use it in Tokyo S.O.S.
I thought he did. Oh well.
About the GareGoji design.
Wasn't it used in Godzilla: King of the Monsters in the 2014 San Francisco flashback scene? I'm pretty sure it wouldn't hurt adding that to the design page.
The flashback seems to use DougheGoji, though the shot is so brief it's hard to notice without a pause button. Right now the design pages don't note when they show up via stock footage, but they should.
Yes, it was the DougheGoji in the flashback. I remember it clearly, due to the spines.
By looking at the dorsal plates although, they don't look like they resemble the 1954-esque dorsal plates like it has. My best guess would be the dorsal plates of the design were tweaked to resemble the 2014 ones specifically for that scene, thus explaining why they don't look that sharp and jagged. It does resemble the dorsal plates Godzilla has in the cover of Godzilla: Aftershock, though.