Godzilla sues Honda… and we do mean Godzilla

Honda Odyssey Godzilla
Godzilla seen in 2011 Honda Odyssey commercial

Honda Motor Co. is being sued by one of Japan’s giants and we don’t mean Toyota and Nissan – we mean the creator of Godzilla itself. Toho Co., the Japanese studio best known for making a dozen of Godzilla movies says Honda use Godzilla in a recent commercial for the Odyssey minivan.

In the TV ad spot, Godzilla appears alongside rock band artist Judas Priest to demo the Odyssey’s split screen onboard video entertainment system.

Toho filed the suit on Feb. 2 in Los Angeles federal district court and is seeking an injunction against Honda’s use of Godzilla, said Junichi Tamaki, a Toho spokesman.

“We took a legal action because Godzilla was used without authorization in the Odyssey commercial,” Tamaki said. “It is an infringement of copyright.”

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automotive News