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Miffy

Updated on January 5, 2012

As far as I'm concerned, Hello Kitty can go die in a fire.

Miss Kitty White has been around since the 70s, which seems like a millennia ago, but Miffy predates Hello Kitty's birth by another 2 decades.

The first Miffy book was produced in 1955 following the adventures of the small female rabbit in a series of picture books drawn and written by Dutch artist Dick Bruna.

Many mistake Miffy for being of Japanese origin, because Sanrio's Hello Kitty and friends are drawn using a similar illustration style.

Even Miffy's creator, Dutch artist Dick Bruna, believes that Hello Kitty is a copy of Miffy, in an interview for the British paper The Daily Telegraph.

A court in Amsterdam also agreed with Bruno and ruled that Hello Kitty's friend Cathy infringes the copyright for Miffy, who was created in 1955 and has been popular in Japan in translated versions. Cathy has been marketed since 1976, two years after Hello Kitty's debut in 1974.

The court ruled that Sanrio immediately stop making and selling Cathy clothing and merchandise in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The company was also ordered to pay twenty five thousand euros per each day of non-compliance.

Naturally Sanrio objected to the ruling.

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    • zoey24 profile image

      zoey24 5 years ago from South England

      Interesting Hub, i used to have some Miffy books :)

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Wow! This is incredible. How can Hello Kitty continue to produce products, artwork and everything else if they have infringed upon copyright of Miffy? Voted up! Congratulations on writing your 50th Hubpages. Blessings, Debby

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      Several Ninjas 5 years ago

      I guess it's about money, and how long it would take to resolve the issue in court. One might be inclined to overlook and allow the difference between a rabbit and a cat, but I think the Cathy character took it too far.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Looks like a "copy cat" to me.

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      Several Ninjas 5 years ago

      Good call Debby!

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