08 Jun '11, 5pm

Hello Kitty resolves bunny battle with Miffy

Hello Kitty resolves bunny battle with Miffy

TOKYO : The Japanese company behind Hello Kitty has agreed with the Dutch creator of bunny character Miffy to end a copyright row and instead donate legal costs to victims of the March quake and tsunami. An Amsterdam court in November 2010 ordered Sanrio to halt production and sales of Cathy -- Kitty's rabbit friend -- merchandise in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg after finding the Japanese bunny closely resembled Miffy, created by a Dutch children's author in the 1950s. Sanrio argued no such infringement had taken place and appealed the injunction which had been sought by Mercis, the Dutch copyright management firm acting for Miffy's creator Dick Bruna. But after a lengthy dispute the two companies issued a joint press release late on Tuesday announcing that they had reached "a worldwide settlement ending all legal disputes" and spelling the end for Cathy. "Merci...

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