(Disclaimer: The picture above is NOT the actual Grumpy Cat. We don’t want to get sued.)
Once you become a meme, you’re just out there at the whim of everyone on the Internet, and there’s nothing you can do about it, right? Not necessarily. GRUMPY CAT just won a $710,000 copyright infringement case. Well, her owners did.
A beverage company called Grenade had a license to sell a line of iced coffees called Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino. But they were using the cat’s image on other products, so her owners sued.
Their lawyer says, quote, “It’s important precedent when you have something like a meme online. It’s the first verdict ever rendered in favor of a viral meme. Memes have rights too.”