Originally Posted by Danime
Wow what a list. I don't remember even reading the first one.
I guess it would cost Viz a bomb to license all the brand usage, although what about in Japan?
My only guess is that copyright laws probably work a little differently in Japan, or maybe the trademarks aren't registered internationally? Not sure.
But one thing about the Viz edits, at least they are consistent with what they change bands to. They pick a generic for a brand that's used often and replace it with that every time:
Pepsi = Bold
Budweiser = LionHeart
Early Times = Blue Ridge
American Spirit = White Skull
It'd have been extra annoying if they randomly changed them to different generics every time.