Court Rules against Thailand¡¯s Chaiyo Productions in Ultraman Case
Author: Keith Aiken and Bob Johnson
Source: Yahoo! Japan, The Nation, Yale Global, Asahi, Asiaweek, Ushiki International Patent Office, Bangkok Post, Teleport City, 4DK, various
Special thanks to Oki Miyano, James Ballard, and John Cassidy
On June 14, Sampote Thianthong of Pro-Link, the official licensing agent for Ultraman in Thailand, announced that Thai department stores and retailers can no longer display or sell Ultraman products licensed by Chaiyo Productions Co., Ltd. The news comes in the wake of an International Property Court ruling in favor of Ultraman¡¯s creators and owner, Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. of Japan (TPC), and marks the latest in a string of defeats for the Thai company Chaiyo and its chairman Sompote Saengduenchai, who has long claimed exclusive worldwide rights outside of Japan to all Ultraman characters and trademarks.
Unbeknownst to many Ultraman fans around the world, for more than a decade Tsuburaya Productions and Chaiyo Productions have been waging a legal battle over the rights to several of TPC¡¯s programs and characters. The case has been heard in courtrooms in Japan, China, and Thailand, with the results determining how Ultraman and related Tsuburaya properties will be licensed, marketed, and distributed outside of Japan.
firdaruddin Post at 23-2-2012 17:26 aku layan ultraman ni start dari Ultraman Jack (tahun 1985-87 rasanya)..teringat lagi masa dia lawan dengan Zeaton(?) yang dekat stadium tu...rupa macam burung tu..dan ada sekor lagi yg follow raksasa Zeaton tu tadi.. dan sekarang aku dah 33 tahun...n anak aku menyambung legasi aku dengan Ultraman Dyna dan Tiga pulak...
siap suh ulang sampai muak2 tu aku nak layan.
p/s sorang lagi peminat ultraman yg aku rasa agak tegar berbanding aku... Mr. bzzts
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