Israeli producer of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Haim Saban, got upset when an ultra-violent, explicitly sexual unauthorized bootleg film version showed up on YouTube and Vimeo, but now after a bit of a tussle, he is allowing the short films to reappear, according to Deadline.com
On Friday, the gory, tawdry version of the 90s kid favorite showed up on the internet, and Haim Saban and film fan producer Adi Shankar threatened bootleg version director Joseph Kahn with a lawsuit. Attorneys for Saban and Shankar said the films violated copyright and were not fair use. In addition to financial concerns, there was the issue of people thinking the explicit version was acceptable for young viewers.
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After a back and forth, the videos are both back up but with a lengthy warning with an age requirement that 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 not rights to any of the characters (don’t send me any money, not kickstarted, this film is for free).”