Grumpy Cat's owner awarded $930000 over copyright infringement

039;Grumpy Cat' on the field before the MLB opening day game between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field

A jury decided in favor of Grumpy Cat Limited on Monday in a lawsuit over Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino by Grenade Beverage, National Public Radio reported.

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. In the year 2013, Grenade's owners closed a deal of Dollars 150,000 to serve coffee with cat's face called "Grumppucinos".

In 2013 Grenade Beverage, owned by father and son Nick and Paul Sandford, struck a 0,000 deal to market iced coffee beverages with the cat's scowl on its packaging.

At its start, the Grumpy Cat meme business became so lucrative that her owner Tabatha Bundesen quit her job as a waitress at Red Lobster and founded Grumpy Cat Limited.

USA coffee company Grenade asked to use her image in 2013, and owner Tabatha Bundesen agreed after making Grumpy Cat Limited. But the company later filed a lawsuit against the coffee company because they used her image in other products, including t-shirts.




In 2015, however, Grenade launched "Grumpy Cat Roasted Coffee", which Grumpy Cat Limited said was not a part of their agreement.

Grumpy Cat prompted a number of memes to be made.

The company has produced a line of branded clothing, pillows, mugs, pens, bags and books "written" by the unhappy cat, including a New York Times bestseller. The cat did appear in a Christmas movie in 2014. The company was also told the cat would be starring in a movie alongside Will Ferrell and Jack Black, but no such project exists.

The judge sided with Grumpy Cat, telling Grenade to pay $710,001 in damages, according to court documents. The cat's lawyer, however, noted that "Grumpy Cat feels vindicated and feels the jury reached a just verdict".

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