I am happy to announce that I have come to a settlement agreement with Happy Sun Enterprises, after suing them for copyright infringement in August 2010.
While I can't disclose the terms of the agreement, I am very glad the whole ordeal is over, and that HSE will not sell their remaining cat ear products, which are substantially similar to my copyright protected cat ears.
See comparison photo:
For those who thought I was going overboard by filing a lawsuit over something as seemingly trivial as cat ears - please understand that HSE imported over 50,000 pair of cat ears from Korea, sold almost 18,000 pairs since 2008, and made over $230,000USD. Still think cat ears are trivial?
So from here on you should not see any of this style plastic cat ears at conventions, unless they are at my booth or with licensed wholesale buyers from me. Please email me if you see anyone selling substantially similar products as mine, with photos of the booth, items and sellers. I would really appreciate it!
Anime Expo is coming up and I have been working non stop to prepare for it. I have a booth inside the Exhibit Hall, toward the front, row 500. The booth number is #522, and you will find my full line of cosplay items for sale, as well as photo prints and, for the first time at a con, the Cosplay For a Cause charity calendar!!! I am super stoked to be a part of this project, which was thought up and put together by my friend Riddle. The 12-month calendar (2012) features 18 cosplayers from around the world, in brand new never before seen images. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross benefiting the Tsunami victims in Japan.
Like everyone else, I am shocked and stunned at the tragedies that occurred in Japan these last few days. My heart goes out to all of the people affected and I'm relieved to know that my friends residing in Japan are safe. So many people have lost their lives, loved ones and homes and I want to do what I can to help. I am making a personal donation to The Red Cross, but I wanted to reach out to my friends and fans get as much support as possible.
So, from today until April 1st, ALL proceeds from sales through my online store will also be donated to The Red Cross. They have been on the scene since the earthquake hit and are sheltering thousands of people and providing medical care, food, water and essential items to those in need.
So if you're in need of a cosplay item, now is a great time to stock up for your upcoming event. Additionally, ALL proceeds from my print store sales through April 1st will also be donated directly to The Red Cross.