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Internet sensation Grumpy Cat is now happier after £500,000 copyright case win

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At a recent trial at California’s Federal court, internet sensation, inspiration for hundred’s of memes and merchandise success story Grumpy Cat has successfully sued a US coffee company over a breach in the agreed terms of image rights and usage.

Grumpy Cat – most famous for her permanently unhappy but comically doleful expression – was awarded $710,000 (equivalent to £500,000) in compensation, along with a nominal $1 for breach of contract against US coffee company Grenade.

The case stems from Grenade’s original 2013 agreement with Grump Cat’s owners allowing them use of images of the cats face on beverage containers for a new ‘Grumppucinos’ range of iced coffee drinks. However Grump Cats owners claimed a blatant infringement of copyright and trademark by Grenade as they were also using the cats image on other products including T-shirts and roasted coffee. Grenade counter-sued, claiming that the cats owners had not fulfilled a contractual obligation to help promote the new drinks range on social media, and also claimed that they were expecting an appearance by the famous feline in a Hollywood movie, which never happened.

Five year old Grumpy Cat – real name Tardar Sauce – was actually present during the trial, but was not present when the verdict was handed down.

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