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Temple Doraemon pins spark copyright stir
« on: September 05, 2012, 01:32:22 PM »
SUPHAN BURIA temple which uses imagery featuring Japanese cartoon character Doraemon on some of its souvenirs has been warned it may be violating copyrights.

A locket pin featuring an unlicensed image of Japanese cartoon character Doraemon which are being given away by Wat Sampasiew in Suphan Buri.

Wat Sampasiew in Muang district of Suphan Buri produces locket pins featuring Doraemon which it gives away free to visitors. Other designs depict a deity holding an iPad, which is also copyrighted.

The temple became famous last year when visitors noticed Doraemon appearing in some of its murals. The placing of a modern cartoon character in ancient religious scenarios sparked debate in the media and on social networks, and prompted the temple to give away the Doraemon-related pins to visitors.

But Wisarut Inyaem, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand's (TAT) Suphan Buri office, has urged the temple to avoid violating the intellectual property of Fujiko Pro, the creator of Doraemon, and iPad developer Apple Corp.

Mr Wisarut said he had learned that Wat Sampasiew has been manufacturing and giving out a large number of locket pins featuring Doraemon wearing a chada headdress, and a deity holding an iPad.

Although the temple was not selling the pins, the mass production of such items could still be deemed an act of infringing intellectual property, he said.

Temple abbot Phra Mahaanan Kusalalongkaro said the pins were produced as souvenirs to people who came specifically to see the Doraemon murals.

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