The owners of the Star Trek franchise (Paramount and CBS) took Axanar Production (an independent film maker) to court over alleged IP infringement. Fearing a massive backlash by its innumerable pointy eared fans, the owners finally saw that any resistance is futile and so decided to set their phaser to stun instead of giving it all she's got (3 references in one sentence! Boom!). And so a settlement was agreed by both parties.
it is safe to say that while there is still atomic breath in monster's lungs, Toho will continue to milk its ferocious behemoth for all its worth. And for anyone who even dares to think about getting on the bad side of the radioactive reptilia, consider the ungodly fire and brimstone that its lawyers will rain down upon you.