Grumpy Cat wins $900000 in copyright claim

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The coffee chain's owners countersued and said Grumpy Cat had not held up their end of the deal to promote the drinks on social media.

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.

Though coffee bosses filed a countersuit, claiming Grumpy Cat didn't hold up its end of the deal, the jury found in favour of the auto and awarded it $701,000 (£500,000).

Grumpy Cat rose to fame in late 2012 after a photo of her was shared on the website Reddit.

In the trial at California federal court Grumpy Cat Limited sued a USA coffee company Grenade after they broke the terms of an agreement over the use of the cat's image.

Grumpy Cat appeared at the trial but was not present for the verdict. Grenade says Grumpy Cat's product manager "misrepresented the movie" so it would sign the deal. Through the sale of t-shirts, books, pillow, and other Grumpy Cat branded items, Bundesen has reportedly raked in millions.

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She later formed Grumpy Cat Limited, monetizing the dour kitty.

It's been reported that the company raked in anywhere from $1 million to $100 million in its first few years in existence.

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

Although the coffee was promoted with the phrase "the flawless candidate to turn your frown upside down!", Grumpy Cat Limited sued the Sandfords for breach of contract.

Two years after the original suit was filed, a California jury sided with the owner of the cat behind what might be the world's most universally recognized meme. "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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