Sanrio Inc., which owns Hello Kitty and Flint The Time Detective, has filed suit (read it here) in Los Angeles Superior Court against unknown persons or entities who somehow illegally obtained possession of copies of Sanrio’s animated programming “in or about 1999″. Although the suit doesn’t say anything specifically about how any of this took place, but Sanrio’s legal charges against the unknown defendants “Does 1-50″ include trespassing and fraudulent concealment. From 2000 to the present, according to the suit, the defendants have illegally profited from exploitation of the toons and have never paid Sanrio anything. Additionally Sanrio asserts without further explanation that it didn’t become aware of the problem until August 15, 2011 during a financial review. Sanrio Inc. aims to identify the perpetrators and seeks general and punitive damages, attorneys fees and court costs.

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