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Grumpy Cat awarded $700000 in copyright infringement lawsuit
26 January 2018, 02:39 | Cassandra Thompson
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A picture of the feline - actual name Tardar Sauce - was first shared on Reddit in 2012 and went viral because of her feline dwarfism and underbite, which people thought made her look grumpy.
But Bundsen's company Grumpy Cat Ltd argued that the drinks firm had gone beyond their contract by using the cat's face on a host of unauthorized products including ground coffee.
Tardar Sauce and her owner were awarded $710,000 in damages after winning the lawsuit.
It still won't make her smile, but Grumpy Cat has won some scratch.
USA coffee company Grenade spotted her and asked owner Tabatha Bundesen if they could come up with a deal over the use of the cat's image.
Ultimately, the judge sided with the cat, saying Grenade needed to pay $710,000 in damages as well as a $1 nominal damage fee for breach of contract.
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"Ironically, while the world-famous feline Grumpy Cat and her valuable brand are most often invoked in a tongue-and-cheek fashion, Defendants" despicable misconduct here has actually given Grumpy Cat and her owners something to be grumpy about, ' the complaint stated, according to Courthouse News.
She has travelled the world making television appearances and in 2014, the cat even starred in her own Christmas film.
Grumpy Cat Limited sued when Grenade started selling T-shirt and roasted coffee that included the cat's image, according to court documents shared by The Washington Post. 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.
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