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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.

Click to read the full press release on the settlement agreement.

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?

I also want to re-iterate that I only took action again those who made substantially similar items to mine, and not all styles of cat ears.

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.

come by my booth to flip through the calendar and consider picking up a copy for a good cause!
For those who can't make it to Anime Expo, you can directly order the calendar on our website, and it will be shipped to your door! Here is a preview image of me as Faye Valentine in the calendar (not the final image):
See you in LA next weekend!!!

Oh, and Thank You so much for another Daily Deviation! Here comes the Cat by yayacosplay
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:iconhighonpixistixx:
i love your cosplay and am happy you won your suit.. though i am confused as cosworx and gogo gear have also been selling the same types of ears for years. well almost the same cosworx makes theirs outa wood. and gogo out of plastic. were these shops affiliated with Happy Sun Enterprises??
and dose this mean i lucked out getting mine when i did cuz i will never be able to get them again online or at my cons? [link]
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Yea I agree, those ears are almost an exact replica of yours, you can tell they are only a cheap copy, but I'm glad you took action against them.
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starfox365 Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Does this mean I won't be able to afford kitty ears anymore? D:

While I'm glad it was settled, I am kind of sad.
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chenmeicai Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice to hear you're done with the case! Something to free your mind now. :)

I've already purchased my Cosplay for A Cause Calendar.
My bill has already arrived and poof! It's there. Hehe. Can't wait 'til it's done. :)
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maskedbunny Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats! On both the success and the DD! :]

(Still upset I missed you at Metro! XD)
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yayacosplay Jun 26, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know!!! How did we miss each other rawwr?!
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maskedbunny Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I was in Artists Alley all weekend at the Outlaw Custom Designs table or selling Glow in the Ballroom before the raves. When I finally got a chance to run around, you were changing for the contest. *headdesk*
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Nsaia Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Congrats on the victory with your cat ears - yours are definitely the superior product - and it's great to see someone not taking something like that sitting down, definitely an inspiration to other artists who suffer similar issues. :)
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yayacosplay Jun 26, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! We artists must stick together and fight against the big corporations trying to profit from our hard work and imagination <3
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Nsaia Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are very welcome! Artists must stick together as you said - the more we support one another, the bigger the network of support becomes and the more people there are to help fight down the next big corporation who tries to rip off our creativity! :tighthug:
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