Grumpy Cat owner wins $700K lawsuit over copyright infringement

26 January, 2018, 02:40 | Author: Gary Shelton
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The dispute was sparked by a deal signed between Granade Beverage and Bundsen over the use of Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce) in a line of iced coffee drinks. But in 2015, the beverage company made a decision to create a line of "Grumpy Cat Roasted Coffee", which was not in the original deal, prompting Grumpy Cat Limited to file a copyright lawsuit in federal court.

The cat's owners, incorporated as Grumpy Cat LLC, took the matter to court with demands for the coffee maker to stop infringing associated copyrights and trademarks.

The cat's owners have made millions thanks to their pet's unique facial expression, which turned her into an overnight Internet star.

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To most Internet users, Grumpy Cat - the feline with a furry frown - is a minor celebrity that capitalized on the popularity of memes in 2012 as a perpetual sourpuss. First, Grumpy Cat Limited sued the Sandfords' company, claiming breach of contract.

Courthouse News reports that Nick and his father Paul Sandford entered into an agreement with Grumpy Cat Limited to make the iced coffee, paying $US150,000 ($186,000) in upfront royalties in 2013. Grenade was further alleged by Grumpy Cat to have created a line of unauthorized Grumppuccino T-shirts. The coffee brand had also countersued them and said how the cat was not allowed to be a part of social media promotion and they also complained how the cat also didn't appear in a movie as planned.

Two years after the original suit was filed, a California jury sided with the owner of the cat behind what might be the world's most universally recognized meme.

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But in 2015 Grumpy Cat Limited sued them for breaching that contract.

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

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