QUOTE(Wingus @ Apr 15 2012, 03:50 AM)
Man, if the old battletech stuff wanted to rip it off, they would've just yoinked the design whole-hog anyway, wouldn't they?
Actually, the staff at FASA got permission from the original Japanese animators to use the designs they borrowed.
The problem came in the fact that some of the designs they borrowed hailed from Macross.
Cue Harmony Gold getting their shorts in a bunch and trying to sue the snot out of FASA.
FASA won the first round, but the tide turned when Harmony Gold gave Playmates the license to produce Robotech toys for the mid-90s revival of the franchise. FASA had successfully sued Playmates a few years back because a prototype Exo Squad vehicle was little more than a slightly altered Battletech design, and so when both companies learned they had a common enemy they tag-teamed FASA in the courts. FASA, who was faltering at the time, wound up losing the case on a technicality.
The result of the suit was that FASA stopped using all
borrowed designs, and even reprinted several manuals to remove the mecha based on those designs and replace them with others (even though one of the manuals made use of images designed specifically for FASA by Victor Industries, and so FASA co-owned them to begin with).
In time, Fantasy Productions - who inherited the Battletech license when FASA went bust - got confirmation from Sunrise and Bandai that they could freely use the images borrowed from the anime they owned. The rest were re-designed from scratch so that HG couldn't complain anymore.