Post by marktheshark on Nov 15, 2018 22:31:11 GMT -5
Just a question. You know how due to stipulations in Roach's buyback deal with M-G-M, reissues of the Rascals shorts couldn't use the name "Our Gang" or any M-G-M trademarks, leading to renaming the series "The Little Rascals" (and sometimes other names) and all the various refilmed reissue titles?
Just curious: How come it's all right to show them with original titles now? I guess that started with the Cabin Fever tapes, but now even on TV.
I'm glad, but how did that work out, and what happened to make that legally possible?
I suspect MGM's claim over the title has expired. Of course, there's also the possibility MGM bought the rights to the old shorts as well.
Well, M-G-M itself was bought by Turner and then sold again, so that could have something to do with it. But as far as I know, M-G-M has no claim on the Hal Roach Little Rascals shorts. But it's become pretty common to leave trademarks belonging to another studio on films that have changed hands -- like Tom & Jerry for instance.
I do remember some time in the 1980s or 1990s, King World and Turner made some kind of a deal to jointly license merchandise like T-shirts and stuff rather than competing with one another. Maybe that had something to do with it?