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Scribblenauts' Creators Sued Over Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat Cameos


Leah

Yes, even internet memes are trademarked. This is the case with Christopher Orlando Torres' Nyan Cat and Charles Schmidt's

. And according to them, Warner Bros. and 5th Cell knowingly infringed those trademarks when inserting both felines into their Scribblenauts games. So, now Torres and Schmidt are suing.

 

The complaint claims the following:

 

"... for the past three years, WB, along with game developer 5th have

knowingly and intentionally infringed plaintiffs' copyrights and trademarks by using 'Nyan Cat' and Fatso's image in WB's top selling 'Scribblenauts' games, including, most recently, 'Scribblenauts Unlimited,' which WB released in 2011. ... defendants have used 'Nyan Cat' and 'Keyboard Cat,' even identifying them by name, to promote and market their games, all without plaintiffs' permission and without any compensation to plaintiffs."

 

On top of an award of treble damages and entitlement to reasonable attorneys' fees, Torres and Schmidt are also demanding an injunction against the sale of Scribblenauts products until all of this is settled.

 

Do you think it's fair that Warner Bros. and 5th Cell are being sued over the inclusion of Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat in their games without permission?

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