- Hello Kitty Maker Sniffy Over Miffy: Sanrio Ordered To Pull Cathy Character In Three Countries | Business | Sky News
I've always felt that Hello Kitty was nothing but a blatant rip-off of Miffy/Nijntje, who is a rather older animal born in 1955. In fact, Hello Kitty is banned from this house on moral grounds. At last, Mercis bv, the company that licences Dick Bruna's creation, have got one over on Sanrio. But I suspect that Sanrio have better resources to throw at a legal battle, so, as usual, it will be a case of who blinks/runs out of cash first. But first blood to Mercis, a good thing IMHO.
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