When it comes to legal disputes, the Disney Company usually gets its way, but Belgium’s Tomorrowland festival isn’t backing down in a dispute over the rights to the “Tomorrowland” title in Disney’s impending film.
The Disney flick will be forced to go by something other than its American title Tomorrowland: A World Beyond in a handful of countries thanks to Tomorrowland festival’s trademark dating back to 2005.
Disney holds US rights to the The “Tomorrowland” name from a trademark filed back in 1970. But while “Tomorrowland” might be a registered trademark on American soil, those rights do not hold the same efficacy worldwide. Following their first year of operation in 2005, the festival filed for the trademark in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium, effectively preventing Disney from using the name in those countries.
The film will be released under a new name when it hits Belgian shores late this year, while the US release is set for May 22 under its intended name, Tomorrowland: A World Beyond.