Alleged Infringement Makes Grumpy Cat Grumpier
Grumpy Cat, famous for her dour looks and internet popularity, has a new complaint. As stated in a December 11, 2015 Central District of California complaint filed on her behalf, “[i]ronically, while the world-famous feline Grumpy Cat and her valuable brand are most often invoked in a tongue-and-cheek fashion, Defendants’ despicable misconduct here has actually given Grumpy Cat and her owners something to be grumpy about.” The allegations? That Grenade Beverage LLC has violated Grumpy Cat Limited’s rights in the cat’s pseudonym and image, including diluting the GRUMPY CAT trademark, creating unauthorized derivative works from her copyright-protected image, and cybersquatting through use of the grumpycat.com domain.
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