As of this week, the internet famous "Grumpy Cat" just raked in even more money. A California Jury awarded the cat and her owner $710,000 in damages for copyright and trademark infringement.
"Grumpy Cat" became a household name back in 2012 when countless memes and photos were retweeted, shared, and published all across the web. The viral cat then found herself the 'owner' of "Grumpy Cat Limited", a brand marketing the cat on a variety of merchandise and books. Grumpy Cat also made appearances on the Today Show, Good Morning America, American Idol, and was the star of both a Cheerios and Friskies Cat Food commercial.
The "Grumpy Cat" also signed a deal with the Grenade Beverage Company back in 2013 where they agreed to let the company sell a line of iced coffees called "Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino". The copyright lawsuit was filed when this beverage company then took it upon themselves to produce a different line called "Grumpy Cat Roasted Coffee" and unauthorized "Grumppuccino T-Shirts". Neither product was in the original deal thus leading the jury to vote in favor of Grumpy Cat Limited and providing the owner and of course, the cat, a pretty nice settlement,
It was also reported that throughout this whole process "Grumpy Cat" herself only had to appear in court once. C'mon, "Grumpy Cat", you're worth millions and you were just easily given close to another million, what does the world have to do to make you happy?
Source: Washington Post