Grumpy Cat wins $710,000 payout in copyright dispute over use of image

Grumpy Cat’s owner has something to smile about after a jury sided with the famous online feline in a copyright dispute.

A California jury voted to award $710,000 (£500,000) to Grumpy Cat Limited, a company launched to monetise the permanently-scowling kitty’s popularity, in a dispute over use of the cat’s name and image.

At issue was beverage company Grenade’s use of Grumpy Cat’s likeness. The company was granted the right to use the feline’s brand on “Grumppuccino” drinks but exceeded that authority in trying to launch a whole line of Grumpy Cat products like ground coffee, according to a lawsuit filed in 2015.

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