Grumpy Cat Given Reason To Smile With $710,000 Copyright Settlement

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Grumpy Cat Given Reason To Smile With $710,000 Copyright Settlement

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01:07 25 Jan 2018


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Grumpy Cat has a reason to turn her frown upside down after being awarded $710,000 for copyright infringement.

The moggy became an internet sensation in 2012, and has been the star of countless meme's since.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So many reasons to be grumpy! Enter to win a year of free <a href="https://twitter.com/DrinkGrumpyCat?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DrinkGrumpyCat</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Grumppuccino?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Grumppuccino</a> <a href="http://t.co/z4gTDSiQ6N">http://t.co/z4gTDSiQ6N</a> <a href="http://t.co/ycdRNDzYY6">pic.twitter.com/ycdRNDzYY6</a></p>&mdash; Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) <a href="https://twitter.com/RealGrumpyCat/status/379771638151008256?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2013</a></blockquote>
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An endorsement deal was signed with a US coffee company one year later.

Grenade Beverage LLC were allowed use the cat's image to sell its "Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino" iced drink a la:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Enter the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Grumppuccino?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Grumppuccino</a> contest from <a href="https://twitter.com/DrinkGrumpyCat?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DrinkGrumpyCat</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/TheWebbyAwards?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheWebbyAwards</a>! Win a years supply! <a href="http://t.co/z4gTDSiQ6N">http://t.co/z4gTDSiQ6N</a> <a href="http://t.co/JQyselz51T">pic.twitter.com/JQyselz51T</a></p>&mdash; Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) <a href="https://twitter.com/RealGrumpyCat/status/380468986405588992?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 18, 2013</a></blockquote>
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But the company used the image to sell other purr-oducts as well.

 

As a result, a jury in California awarded the cat's owner $710,000 (around €572,544) in damages...seriously!

 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/mslZShQ7BI">pic.twitter.com/mslZShQ7BI</a></p>&mdash; Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) <a href="https://twitter.com/RealGrumpyCat/status/949028787479441408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 4, 2018</a></blockquote>
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