The Battle for Cheburashka: Films by Jove, Inc. v. Berov and Copyright in Soviet Animated Films

In: Review of Central and East European Law
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  • 1 Roche & Duffay, Legal and Tax Advisors, Moscow

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In this essay, I discuss in some detail an extraordinarily instructive US case from the early 2000s: the Soiuzmul’tfil’m controversy, formally known as Films by Jove, Inc. v. Berov. More precisely, this essay is about a series of related cases in the United States and Russia concerning the rights to Soviet animated films. In their decisions, the courts discuss—and, to some extent, resolve—a number of complex legal issues of Soviet, post-Soviet, and current Russian law, including those related to intellectual property, corporate law, and private international law.

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