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Toei Replaces Possibly Infringing Dragon Ball Kai Music

posted on by Egan Loo
Anime studio discovers multiple tracks that may infringe on 3rd party's rights

The Japanese studio Toei Animation announced on Wednesday that it discovered multiple background music tracks from its Dragon Ball Kai anime series that it suspects may infringe on the rights of an unidentified third party or parties. As a result, the studio is taking measures to replace the affected tracks. Toei is discussing with others involved in the production about the investigation and future measures it may take.

The new television anime series Toriko is taking over Dragon Ball Kai's timeslot in Japan next month.

Dragon Ball Z Kai condenses the 1989-1996 Dragon Ball Z anime series to more closely follow Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga. The series features digital high-definition remastering, a re-recorded soundtrack, and select scenes updated with new effects or re-animated footage.

Funimation has been releasing Dragon Ball Kai on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in North America. The digital television channel Nicktoons and the over-the-air television programming block Toonzai have been running the series in the United States.

Thanks to Michael Fitz-Gibbon for the news tip.

Image © Bird Studio/Shueisha, Fuji TV, Toei Animation

Update: More background information added.

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