Creator of Japan’s cartoon icon of cuteness Hello Kitty on Thursday said it was unhappy with a Dutch ruling in a copyright case against its famous feline character’s rabbit friend Cathy.
An Amsterdam court this week ordered Sanrio Co to halt production and sales of Cathy merchandise in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg after finding the Japanese bunny too closely resembled the Dutch character Miffy.
Tokyo-based Sanrio said it was ‘discontent with the temporary injunction’ by the Dutch court, which came in a case launched by Mercis, the copyright management firm for Dutch children’s book author Dick Bruna.
‘We will continue to make our point through the court case that we have not infringed on the plaintiff’s rights,’ Sanrio said in a statement. ‘We are considering filing a complaint.’
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