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Soyuzmultfilm Is Ready To Negotiate With Japan About The Rights To Cheburashka

Soyuzmultfilm Is Ready To Negotiate With Japan About The Rights To Cheburashka

Soyuzmultfilm is ready to discuss with Japanese partners the further licensing of the rights to use the image of Cheburashka, which was granted to Japan more than 15 years ago.

"Given all the circumstances, the existing transaction can not be considered legal, but its challenge, according to the terms of the contract, is only possible under Japanese law. At the same time, Soyuzmultfilm is open to partner negotiations and search for a solution that includes further licensing of the rights to the Cheburashka cartoons, regardless of which Japanese company is ready to become a partner," the press service said.

They noted that the deal on the transfer of rights to cartoon characters about Cheburashka was concluded on extremely unfavorable terms for the Soyuzmultfilm film Studio and "does not correspond to either national or international licensing practices."

As reported yesterday, the Soyuzmultfilm Studio intends to return the rights to use the image of Cheburashka, which was granted to Japan more than 15 years ago, including by resolving the issue at the intergovernmental level.

"The right to use the image of Cheburashka by the previous management of the Studio was granted to a Japanese company 16 years ago. At the moment, there are serious differences between the Russian and Japanese sides regarding the term of the agreement and its terms, since we consider the current version of the agreement invalid, as we have notified the Japanese," said Juliana Slashcheva, Chairman of the Board of the Film Studio.

According to Slashcheva, the Studio intends to seriously address the issue of returning the rights in the near future.

She also recalled that in 2017, Soyuzmultfilm Studio regained more than 90% of the rights to use audio-visual images and animated films of the Golden collection, including Internet rights and rights to show the Golden collection on paid TV channels in Russia and abroad.

Earlier it became known that Japanese animators released a short film about Cheburashka using 3D technologies. The release of the tape is timed to the tenth anniversary of the premiere of the Japanese film about Cheburashka. At the same time, the Japanese company claims that it owns the rights to Cheburashka until 2023.

Slashcheva, commenting on the new cartoon, noted: "If you evaluate the performance of our characters in 3D technology, I generally feel good about it, but the quality of how the Japanese did it, in the new episode, I did not like it at all. And I'm very sorry that they think they have the right to screen!"

She recalled that in 2019, the film Studio presented a short cartoon "Moving," dedicated to the relocation of the Studio from a historical building to a new one and the Creator of the literary basis of many cartoons, Eduard Uspensky, where Cheburashka was presented in 3D.

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