Tokyo regional court proceeded to listening of “Cheburashka case”.
Russian writer Edward Uspensky, whose interests are represented by Japanese SP International company, tries to prove that 3 Japanese firms breached his copyrights by Cheburashka, a book hero he created, for commercial purposes. Those firms sell toys, t-shirts, signs and other memorabilia with “Cheby” portraits, and also videos and dvds with Cheburashka cartoons.
Officials in SP International explained that so far their client asks not for a material compensation, but only a court-approved fact of copyright breach.
The Japanese companies accused in breach work by licenses acquired from Films Bye Job company, which was created in the USA by Oleg Vidov, a former USSR actor, and his wife Joan. They refer to the 10-years old contract with “Cinema studio “SoyuzMultFilm” Russian company. In 1999, however, a Federal State Unitary Company with the same name was created in Russia, and its rights for all soviet times cartoons was approved recently by Russian government special order.
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