Grumpy Cat wins £500k in copyright battle with coffee chain

An attorney for Grumpy Cat Limited said it was a'complete victory to win the lawsuit

Grumpy Cat, star of a thousand memes, won a lawsuit against a coffee company that misused her images.

Grumpy Cat - real name Tardar Sauce - became a viral sensation thanks to its aggressively moody expression, which is thought to be caused by feline dwarfism and an underbite.

However the Grenade beverage company continued to use images of Grumpy Cat to endorse other items it was selling, without Bundesen's consent.

"Ironically, while the world-famous feline Grumpy Cat and her valuable brand are most often invoked in a tongue-and-cheek fashion, [the] defendants' despicable misconduct here has actually given Grumpy Cat and her owners something to be grumpy about", said the initial complaint.

OMG! Grumpy Cat to get waxed at Madame Tussauds Museum and she's absolutely grumpy about it!

The judge sided with Grumpy Cat, telling Grenade to pay $710,001 in damages, according to court documents.




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.

Grumpy Cat's face has since been printed on fan merchandise like shirts, mugs, and phone cases, on ads for cat food company Friskies, and immortalised as a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in major cities like London, San Francisco, and Washington DC.

Grumpy Cat now has a whopping amount of cash to go along with its viral fame.

An attorney for the beverage company also said that Grumpy Cat's team had claimed the cat would be staring in a movie with Jack Black and Will Ferrell but never did. The Post reports that the company earned between $1 million and $100 million during the first few years after its creation. The cat's photo was uploaded by the cat owner's brother on Reddit.

Following the victory, the cat's lawyer, David Jonelis of Lavely & Singer, said: 'I think, first of all, that it's a just verdict.

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