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Grumpy Cat Wins $710,000 From Copyright Infringing Coffee Maker

Postby MrFredPFL » Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:00 pm

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Grumpy Cat feels vindicated and is somewhat pleased. Her owners have won a $710,001 jury verdict in California, against a coffee maker that exploited their copyrights. The bulk of the damages were awarded for copyright and trademark infringement, with a symbolic $1 in nominal damages for contract breach.

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

Part of this revenue comes from successful merchandise lines, including the Grumpy Cat “Grumppuccino” iced coffee beverage, sold by the California company Grenade Beverage.

The company licensed the copyright and trademarks to sell the iced coffee but is otherwise not affiliated with the cat and its owners. Initially, this partnership went well, but after the coffee maker started to sell other “Grumpy Cat” products, things turned bad.

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Re: Grumpy Cat Wins $710,000 From Copyright Infringing Coffe

Postby JohnRichards » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:46 am

I guess that's the times we live in right now. Weird.
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