The Kukuxumusu Universe, safe
Today we are exhausted, and not because of our springtime allergies. Yesterday we didn’t stop all day. Our phones were ringing non-stop, both landlines and the others. The press, the radio, the TV… and the social networks were on fire: Far from a typical day at the Kukuxumusu basecamp.
The cause of all the kerfuffle was the publication of the Mercantile Court No. 1 ruling by which “Mikel Urmeneta and other designers are sentenced to stop reproducing, distributing, publicly communicating and transforming the ‘Kukuxumusu Universe’ designs by violating the Intellectual Property Rights of which the Kukuxumusu company has a release contract”. In other words, for the designs that were given over to the brand.
Just as the ruling recognised and as we are summarising in our notice, no one is impeding or preventing Mikel Urmeneta and the other designers from continuing to draw with their style. What they can’t use are the designs whose rights were given over to Kukuxumusu.
If you want to find out more about the ruling, download the notice that we have sent to the media here.
As we have been tangled up in this issue for months now, this is great news for the characters that make up the Kukuxumusu zoo (Wolf, Beelorzia, Testis, Tetis, Mary, Monkey… and the buzzing crowd of insects and little creatures). As they don’t like working at all, and here there has been such a commotion going on, they have made the most of the mess to make a huge fuss on the terrace.
It’s also excellent news for the thousands of the kiss of the flea fans, as well as for the employees and the vast network of collaborators, partners and manufacturers that make up Kukuxumusu. The ruling caught us just as we were launching our new collection, with the recently hung t-shirts, the Victoria plimsolls by Kukuxumusu that are being snapped up, and a whole load of new products just about to be released in the stores.
From all of us here we want to thank everyone that has continued to trust in our brand over the past few months, especially our licensees. This ruling safeguards all of its agreements, something that the company was clear about all along but that the judicial ruling has just confirmed. Likewise, Kukuxumusu will continue to act, as it always has, to protect its rights.
On the other hand, the role of the illustrators, designers and scriptwriters has been, still is and will always be fundamental to the brand’s development. At Kukuxumusu we continue to count on them, on the staff, on those that collaborate externally and on those that will be incorporated in the future: we do so with honesty, transparency and loyalty, as we always have.
The ruling decision will drive us to keep working on the evolution and innovation process, as well as on the search for new markets and new ideas in which we are submerged.
In short, we won’t stop until we’ve Kukuxumusised even the remotest island. And when we manage it, we’ll see if we move on from there… or we may stay and build a republic with all of our creatures. Cheers!