After confusion, threats and arguments, the controversial short “Power/Rangers” has gone back online after being yanked from Youtube and Vimeo earlier this week.
“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” brand owner Saban Brands have reportedly settled their dispute with the makers of the film and no further legal action is being pursued according to Deadline.
Joseph Kahn directed the short, the latest in producer Adi Shankar’s ‘Bootleg Universe’ of fan films, which re-imagines the kiddie franchise from a very adult and R-rated perspective.
Saban was not happy with it, claiming it infringed on their copyright. Now though it seems an understanding has been reached with the film now boasting a disclaimer. It reads:
“Deboot of the Power Rangers. My take on the FAN FILM. Not a pilot, not a series, not for profit, strictly for exhibition. This is a bootleg experiment not affiliated or endorsed by Saban Entertainment or Lionsgate nor is it selling any product. I claim no rights to any of the characters (don’t send me any money, not kickstarted, this film is free). This is the NSFW version. An alternate safe version is on youtube.”
Speaking about adding the disclaimer, Joseph Kahn says: “They put these disclaimers on so kids so don’t confuse our super-violent film with their Power Rangers brand. There are no hard feelings. We signed contracts. We can play it anywhere we want on all platforms. I think they realized that people just want to see it.”