Grumpy Cat wins over $700,000 in copyright lawsuit

midian182

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Grumpy Cat, the viral internet sensation that brought fame to the feline with the permanently miserable expression, has just been awarded $710,000 in an intellectual property lawsuit.

Because of what’s thought to be feline dwarfism and an underbite, Tabatha Bundesen’s cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, looks like the world’s most miserable kitty. But that moody expression saw the pet become famous after photos of her were posted online, leading to a series of internet memes. She went on to star in the TV movie ‘Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever,’ made several television appearances, and has a line of merchandise.

But it was this use of Grumpy Cat’s image that lead to the lawsuit at California federal court. Grumpy Cat Ltd. sued the owners of coffee company Grenade for breaking the terms of an agreement. The $150,000 deal allowed Grumpy Cat’s image to appear on the packaging of an iced coffee beverage called ‘Grumppucinos,’ but the company also released 'Grumpy Cat Roasted Coffee’ and began selling Grumppucino T-shirts featuring the cat’s face, which Grumpy Cat Ltd. says "blatantly infringed" their copyrights and trademarks.

Additionally, Grumpy Cat Limited said the percent of profits it was receiving from Grumppucino sales wasn’t what Grenade had agreed to in the contract.

The coffee maker countersued in a suit that claimed Grumpy Cat did not promote the drinks on social media, something it had agreed to as part of the deal. The company was also told the cat would be starring in a movie alongside Will Ferrell and Jack Black, but no such project exists. Grenade says Grumpy Cat’s product manager 'misrepresented the movie' so it would sign the deal.

The eight members of the California federal jury ruled in favor of Grumpy Cat Ltd., awarding it $710,000 in damages along with a $1 nominal damage fee for breach of contract.

'Grumpy Cat feels vindicated and feels the jury reached a just verdict,' said Grump Cat Ltd. lawyer, David Jonelis.

Courthouse news reports that Grumpy Cat herself was not present during closing arguments, but she did make a brief appearance during the trial.

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Robertrogue

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And I just thought the cat was just a stupid meme. Did the cat really get upset with not getting paid for it's image? How could they tell if it did?
 

Uncle Al

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Grumpy is my cats hero .... he's tried to be an imitator, but just can't quite get that mouth right!
 

yRaz

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I'm really getting fed up with this whole life thing. I want my ajax bleach addiction to just kill me already
 

Polycount

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I'm really getting fed up with this whole life thing. I want my ajax bleach addiction to just kill me already
Maybe try Tide Pods instead. I hear they're pretty good at cleaning out the system.

I also heard something about taste testing batteries.

And driving off piers because your GPS told you to.
 
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Mighty Duck

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I'm really getting fed up with this whole life thing. I want my ajax bleach addiction to just kill me already
You should try the next to-be-viral challenge: Russian Roulette with a fully charged gun. Maybe you are one of would-be famous guys to get mentioned during a whole week in all major web sites.
 

amghwk

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"Internet sensation"?

Just read about this cat now.

Even after knowing the cat, I'm still not feeling "sensational".

Just feel sad that a pet is being used in this way.
 
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Puiu

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"Internet sensation"?

Just read about this cat now.

Even after knowing the cat, I'm still not feeling "sensational".

Just feel sad that a pet is being used in this way.
Mostly because you don't live on the internet like the rest of us. The grumpy cat meme is (or at least was for quite a long time) very huge.
 

OortCloud

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Generally when I hear 'Internet Meme' I know I'm in for some puerile banality. This article didn't disappoint.