News Court Rules for Konami over Yu-Gi-Oh! in Europe, Oceania, L. America
posted on 2009-04-17 05:37 EDT
The game maker Konami Digital Entertainment (KDE) announced on Wednesday that it successfully appealed against the injunction that its former Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game distributor, Upper Deck International (UDI), had filed in the Netherlands. The Amsterdam Court of Appeals ruled on April 7 that KDE could terminate its distribution agreement with UDI in Europe, Oceania, and Latin America.
Upper Deck is currently in a legal dispute over this game based on Kazuki Takahashi's manga. KDE has been alleging in a lawsuit in California that Upper Deck "distributed and currently is distributing to Vintage and others counterfeit reproductions of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG's 'Rare Cards.'" Due to a separate preliminary injunction that KDE filed against Upper Deck, Upper Deck had already cancelled its Yu-Gi-Oh! events in North America this spring. Konami has taken over operations related to the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise in North America while the lawsuit in California continues.