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Offline Vipsoccermaster

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Did Nintendo Just Copyright A Goddess?
« on: December 24, 2010, 04:22:37 AM »
Quote from: Kotaku
And you thought it was bad when Nintendo filed to trademark the phrase "It's on like Donkey Kong."

The Japanese Patent Office recently revealed that Nintendo trademarked the kanji "Amaterasu" (天照) as well as the katakana form (アマテラス).

"Amaterasu" certainly seems to refer to the Shinto goddess, but the full name for the deity is Amaterasu Omikami (天照大神). This name was not trademarked, as it's unlikely that the Japanese Patent Office would allow Nintendo to copyright an actual god or goddess.

Did Nintendo Just Copyright A Goddess? Certainly the religious connotations are there, but it's like saying "Jesus" can only refer to "Jesus Christ". Which it doesn't. So, Nintendo just trademarked the equivalent of the first name Jesus.

Amaterasu Omikami is a sun goddess from which the Japanese imperial family claim a direct lineage. During the ancient "Jomon" period in 660 B.C., the country's first emperor Jimmu claims to have descended from Amaterasu Omikami and founded the Japanese empire. The Japanese imperial calendar, which stopped being used after 1945, commences on the first year of Jimmu's reign. But the story is myth, the stuff of legends. And during World War II, it was the stuff of propaganda.

Since the late 19th century, the country's war flag depicted a rising sun something that came to mean Japanese expansion as WWII ground on. Kamikaze pilots associated themselves with Amaterasu, while the idea that the emperor (and even the Japanese people) were descended from the heavens was used to explain away the country's mid-century land and natural resource grab. All the "divine" talk peppered in Japanese was ultimately cover for military aggression.

Did Nintendo Just Copyright A Goddess? When the war was over, the Japanese emperor no longer claimed to be a living deity, and there is dispute whether the emperor actually denied he was a direct descendent of Amaterasu Omikami.

Amaterasu Omikami is still very much a fixture in Japanese traditional culture as well as popular culture. Video games such as Okami and Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 feature the deity. While Nintendo's trademarked "Amaterasu", don't expect the Kyoto-based studio to use its newly found trademark to explore 20th century imperialism.

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Offline Waluigi48 [rip in pizzas]

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Re: Did Nintendo Just Copyright A Goddess?
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2010, 05:02:42 AM »
I bet next they'll copyright the name "Mario." Italians better pay for $5,000 extra dollars.

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Re: Did Nintendo Just Copyright A Goddess?
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2010, 02:34:02 PM »
Tha's the Japanese people's problems for believing it that stuff :P
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Re: Did Nintendo Just Copyright A Goddess?
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2010, 07:14:38 PM »
If they copyrighted Jesus, then that's score one for the Atheists. :P


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Re: Did Nintendo Just Copyright A Goddess?
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2010, 05:29:48 PM »
Amaterasu's screwed. She's going to clash with Marvel next February! D=

Nintendo gon buy Okami.

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Re: Did Nintendo Just Copyright A Goddess?
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2011, 12:44:35 AM »
I don't consider this a bad thing since Amaterasu  is based off of Japanese Mythology. =P Now Amaterasu belongs to Nintendo because Capcom partnered with Nintendo in the Okami series which started when Okami was re-released on the Nintendo Wii. Now Okami Den is coming out for the DS which is another game in Amaterasu's series, Okami. There has been speculation of an Okami for the 3DS if Okami Den sells well...

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Re: Did Nintendo Just Copyright A Goddess?
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2011, 12:56:45 AM »
Trademark just means no one can make a similar product with the title name Amaterasu. Capcom isn't going to get sued for their character Amaterasu because the game is called "Okami" and not "Amaterasu".
« Last Edit: January 01, 2011, 12:58:29 AM by MLYW »


Offline Kurva Macz

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Re: Did Nintendo Just Copyright A Goddess?
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2011, 03:30:37 PM »
Nintendo has made a lot of very questionable moves during the past five years, but this one might take the cake

I don't mind shintoism since it's a pretty peaceful religion