MyPartyshirt.com sued over unlicensed Power Rangers Halloween Costume: They’ve got the Power, to sue the living you-know-what out of you!

Here’s a little post-Halloween news (that broke Halloween but I couldn’t report on because I had to make a bunch of sprites for a video game project), and it shows what happens when you piss off sleeping giants using gaudy costumes.

Underdog Endeavors of MyPartyShirt.com, a costume seller website, was sued be SCG Power Rangers LLC on October 13th for selling an unlicensed Power Rangers costume. Namely, the one shown below:

Can you say “tacky”?

Anyway, the SCG alleges that the website infringed on their copyrights and trademarks by selling this outfit, and that the website had ignored their cease-and-desist letters. They sell this “Pink Power Rangers Sexy Women’s Costume” without claiming that it is a licensed product. They also sell the “Red Ranger Power Rangers Muscle Costume” and the “Pink Ranger Power Rangers Women’s Costume”, which are both liscenced products and not at question in this suit.

And while the US Copyright Act does not allow “useful articles” such as clothing to be copyrighted, it does allow for “pictoral, graphic, or sculptural” elements to be copyrighted, which puts Underdog Endeavors in the dog house. 😛

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Saban Brands Registers “Ultra MegaForce”: What’s this suppose to be?

Ok, so it’s been about a week since “Power Rangers MegaForce” was registered as a trademark by Saban Brands via Power Rangers LLC. And now we’ve learned that they’ve recently trademarked the title “Ultra Megaforce”, leaving many to wonder what it could be.

The trade mark was registered on the 6th, the same day we found out about Power Rangers MegaForce, and the type of registration is for live action television. So what exaclty does that mean? Are we looking at a new, unrelated series? Is this related to Power Rangers MegaForce? Is MegaForce even the name of the next Power Rangers series (a.k.a. the Goseiger adaption)?

A lot of speculation, but no real answers as of yet. We’ll try to keep you informed of any updates.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

 

Power Rangers Megaforce the next series title? Yep!

Recently, Saban Brands through Power Rangers LLC trademarked the title “Power Rangers Megaforce”, which, as you can imagine, has led a lot of people to speculate on whether or not this is in fact the title of the next Power Rangers series, a.k.a. the Goseiger adaption. Here’s a copy of the trademark:

I know it’s not very big, but you can still see that it doesn’t really mention anything in the copyright application about a live-action television series, but it does mention a truck load of merchandise, mostly video, computer and possibly app games, electronics cases, DVDs featuring live-action entertainment for kids, music, and eyewear/eyewear accesories. It sounds like the typical merchandise setup for a new series, only with no series confirmation, or any children’s toys for that matter.

So then, even with nothing confirming a new live-action series, do you think that this is unofficial confirmation for a new series, possibly the Goseiger adaption? Or do you believe that this is something else? Personally, I’m not sure what to think. The name itself is so unspecific that it could be applied to anything. For all we know, this could be something similar to the “Super Legends” line that came out in ’07 with PROO. Or maybe (and this is really wishful thinking) they could be working on their own version of Power Rangers Online, the MMORPG that was announced last month in South Korea. This is all speculation, of course, so we’ll just have to wait for confirmation from Saban.

And while the series name is still mystery, we do have some info on two ACTUAL casting sides for the next Ranger series. The casting sides for the Pink Ranger and the role of the Professor are available for download here, and it looks like from these casting sides that the series will return to it’s high-school-kids-turn-superheroes roots. Yeah, teenagers with attitude!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!: WE have official confirmation that this is the name of the next series! Check out the copyrights here:

Yep, it’s the application for tradmarks for a live-action television show! We now have a name, let’s see how long it is before we can see a face.