Grumpy Cat awarded $700000 in copyright infringement lawsuit

This scowl is worth $100 million

Through the sale of t-shirts, books, pillow, and other Grumpy Cat branded items, Bundesen has reportedly raked in millions. The Post reports that the company earned between $1 million and $100 million during the first few years after its creation.

In August 2016, Grumpy Cat's owners filed a proposed judgment, asking the court to prevent Grenade from selling any products associated with the feline's brand.

No the world hasn't gone mad, but it's getting close as feline internet star Grumpy Cat has been awarded $710,001 by a Californian federal court after its image was overused.

It all began in 2013, when Nick and Paul Sandford, the owners of Grenade struck a licensing deal with Grumpy Cat Limited to sell a line of iced coffees called "Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino".

Grenade Beverage paid to use her images on iced coffee products, but went further and launched a roasted coffee product without permission.

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Internet fame soon turned into hard cash as Grumpy Cat became a celebrity in her own right, making cameos in films and TV shows, appearing at Comicon and red carpet premiers and featuring in a host of lucrative merchandise deals.

USA coffee company Grenade spotted her and asked owner Tabatha Bundesen if they could come up with a deal over the use of the cat's image.

The decision ends an nearly four-year battle between Grumpy Cat Limited and Grenade owners Nick and Paul Sandford.

Grumpy Cat later starred in "Grumpy Cat's Christmas" back in 2014 for the Lifetime Network. "They are like Grumpy Cat".

But in 2015 Grumpy Cat Limited sued them for breaching that contract. According to Kinder, the cat's handlers were supposed to say, "Watch out, Starbucks". "We asked the jury what they thought was right and they came to the right conclusion", Grumpy Cat's lawyer David Jonelis, told AFP.

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