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    Ars Technica Wrote:Warner Brothers is facing a federal lawsuit for using two feline-themed Internet memes in a video game without their creators' permission. The authors of "Keyboard Cat" and "Nyan Cat" have sued the media giant arguing that the game Scribblenauts, published by WB Games, infringes their copyrights and trademarks. The game's developer, 5th Cell, is also named in the lawsuit.

    Keyboard Cat is a YouTube video uploaded in 2007. It shows a man's cat supposedly playing music on a keyboard. Nyan Cat is featured in an extremely irritating video that was uploaded to YouTube in 2011. As the complaint describes it, Nyan Cat is "a character with a cat's face and a body resembling a horizontal breakfast bar with pink frosting sprinkled with light red dots" that "flies across the screen, leaving a stream of exhaust in the form of a bright rainbow in its wake."

    Both videos went viral and racked up tens of millions of downloads. The creators of the memes have both registered for trademark protection. At some point, 5th Cell allegedly added the characters to Scribblenauts, a series of games for the Nintendo DS and other platforms.

    The two cat meme creators teamed up to sue Warner Brothers and 5th Cell. "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," they charge.

    Warner Brothers is charged with both copyright and trademark infringement. The case will be litigated in the Central District of California, which includes Hollywood. We contacted Warner Brothers for comment but have not received a response.


    that's it! cut off their internet access and give them 25 to life. let's make an example of these pirates. as we all know, piracy is a crime that costs meme creators hundreds of billions in lost revenue each year.

    srsly. warner brothers... so disapoint.

    "Yeah. I understand the mechanics of it, shithead. I just don't understand how this is any less retarded than what I'm suggesting." - Kiley; Housebound.
    I can't wait until Kelloggs sues the Nyan Cat guy on behalf of Warner Brothers for copyright infringement; namely the use an unauthorized likeness of a poptart.

    "Well slap my ass and call me Satan."

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