Okay, let me try to explain this. (deep breath, prepares for thread):
1. Harmony Gold licensed Macross back in the 80s from Tatsunoko, renewed several times.
2. Big West didn't sign off on deal, Tatsunoko said they had the full right to sell. Lawsuits!
3. Judge states Big West is the owner of Macross, but doesn't nullify any of the deals Tatsunoko did, including Harmony Gold's.
4. Big West continues to make Macross shows (Plus, Seven, Zero, etc.)
5. Harmony Gold falls derelict for a few years, doesn't renew Macross trademarks. Manga Video takes advantage to license Plus & II during this time. Eventually Manga gets swallowed into Starz and becomes a derelict brand.
6. Harmony Gold tries to get various Robotech projects off the ground. Renew Macross trademarks, eventually renew original agreement with Tatsunoko.
THEREFORE, HG owns the Macross trademarks, they are due SOME measure of participation in any "Macross" usage.
7. Big West still salty, doesn't see Harmony Gold's deal as legal, won't sign off on anything that involves them.

UNTIL NOW APPARENTLY
The above is a very simplified distillation of a lot of complicated legal arrangements, definitely missed some details.

ANOTHER DETAIL: Big West launched an English facing Twitter and website WTF @MACROSS_BIGWEST
Couple other cautionary notes:
• Don't bother assuming who owns what granular rights to anything Macross at this stage, likely a whole new deal was struck laying things out fresh. We can only wait to see what's announced.
• Harmony Gold only had dusty, faded old Macross 16mm prints before. NOW they have access to Big West's HD remasters.
• Nothing is real until Right Stuf ships out the discs

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9 Apr
This is mind blowing news. Funi and other US distros (I'm presuming Funi already has it locked, since it's their PR) can now potentially access ALL of the Macross catalog via Sony's existing relationships with Harmony Gold.
I should note that Sony Pictures ALREADY has a distribution agreement in place with HG, so Funi undoubtedly has favored nation status here.
This is really something I never thought would happen. The Big West/Tatsunoko feud on the Japan side left so much bad blood that I thought this was a lost cause.
But remember nerds I wrote years ago that HG wasn't the problem? Nobody bought it because they loved having a villain.
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