Nyan Cat & Keyboard Cat Creators Sue Over Scribblenauts
Developer and publisher sued for unauthorized use of memes.
Charles Schmidt and Christopher Orlando Torres, creators of the Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat internet memes, are suing Scribblenauts developer 5th Cell, along with the publisher Warner Bros (thanks, Eurogamer).
The crime? Scribblenauts features cameos from both of these feline characters, tucked away as Easter eggs in the original Scribblenauts, the sequel Super Scribblenauts, the iOS version Scribblenauts Remix, and the most recent release, Scribblenauts Unlimited.
A passage from the complaint reads as follows:
"For the past three years, WB, along with game developer 5th, have knowingly and intentionally infringed plaintiff's copyrights and trademarks by using 'Nyan Cat' and Fatso's [Keyboard Cat] image in WB's top selling 'Scribblenauts' games.
The exact damages sought by the pair haven't been disclosed, although as both memes were trademarked after 2010 - following the release of the first Scribblenauts game - it's questionable how far the case will proceed.
We'll let you know if any further details emerge.