Tsuburaya Productions wins suit on overseas Ultraman rights
Jiji -- Apr 25
Tsuburaya Productions Co.., the producer of the television series featuring Japanese superhero Ultraman, said Tuesday a California court has ruled that an alleged contract on the use rights of Ultraman outside Japan is not authentic.

Following the ruling fully supporting Tsuburaya Productions, made on Wednesday, the Tokyo-based company plans to accelerate overseas promotion of Ultraman.

According to Tsuburaya Productions, the court judged that the contract alleged to have been concluded in 1976 between the late Noboru Tsuburaya, then president of the company, and a Thai man, is invalid because it was not signed by Tsuburaya.

A Japanese company claiming to have taken over the rights from the Thai man filed a lawsuit against Tsuburaya Productions in May 2015, accusing the Ultraman producer of violating its rights on the superhero outside Japan.

Tsuburaya Productions claimed that the contract was counterfeited.

News source: Jiji
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