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"Keyboard Cat" Might Be The Reason Scribblenauts Unlimited Was Delayed

Meme alert.

Nintendo pulled Scribblenauts for the Wii U at the very last minute here in the UK. And now we might have a reason for that delay. According to a copyright and trade mark infringement lawsuit (here, via) the game features memes like Keyboard Cat, the viral video for which is registered with the US Copyright by a Charles Schmidt and has a trade mark pending.

“Keyboard Cat is a video of Schmidt’s cat, Fatso, wearing a shirt and playing an electronic keyboard with its pause [sic],” says a report. “The meme, which is a communication of ideas or information, has gone viral, receiving over thirty million YouTube hits. Schmidt has registered the video’s copyright with the US Copyright and has two pending trademark application for the term ‘Keyboard Cat’.”

“Keyboard Cat’s stardom has led to numerous appearances in commercials, including a feature role in a national Starburst candy television commercial.”

The game also features Nyan Cat, registered by a Christopher Orlando Torres.

The two accuse, according to the report, Warner Bros and 5th Cell of “including, without any licenses or authorizations, the Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat characters in their original Scribblenauts videogame released in 2009, the 2010 Super Scribblenauts, 2011 Scribblenauts Remix, and the 2012 Scribblenauts Unlimited.”

Scribblenauts lets users type in various nouns and adjectives, with thousands of pre-built objects then appearing to help characters active set tasks.

Note that Nintendo have never officially said why the game was delayed.

  1. Peter Chapman
    Team TSA: Editor
    Since: Forever

    quite frustrating, considering it’s out on Steam and in the US already.

    Comment posted on 02/05/2013 at 15:49.
  2. Kennykazey
    Since: Mar 2010

    Well, at least now the cat’s out of the bag….
    I’ll be here all day, folks!

    Comment posted on 02/05/2013 at 15:52.
    • Gamoc
      Since: Forever

      I really had to paws and thing about that one. There should be a claws of some kind in the TSA terms and conditions to combat this kind of terrible punning.


      Comment posted on 02/05/2013 at 16:31.
  3. DrOf1337
    Tends to spoil major games.
    Since: Jan 2010

    Screw these meme creators – once you devise something that becomes a meme you release it into the wild and it should belong to everyone. But quite apart from that:

    Exactly what harm does it do either of these bellends to have their virals included in Scribblenauts? If anything it does them both a favour.

    It’s not like the game is called Keyboardcatnauts.

    I am angry today. And hungry. Hangry.

    Comment posted on 02/05/2013 at 16:42.
    • hazelam
      Since: Feb 2009

      i know the feline.


      Comment posted on 02/05/2013 at 19:38.
  4. Broonba
    Since: Mar 2009

    Wtf is a meme when it’s at home?
    No, seriously, wtf is one anyway?

    Comment posted on 02/05/2013 at 21:22.
    • hazelam
      Since: Feb 2009

      you know the “arrow in the knee” thing from Skyrim?
      that seems to be used everywhere.

      that’s a meme.

      so in conclusion.
      Q: what’s a meme?
      A: annoying. ^_^

      Comment posted on 02/05/2013 at 22:05.
    • Gamoc
      Since: Forever

      “An element of a culture or behavior that may be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, esp. imitation.

      An image, video, etc. that is passed electronically from one Internet user to another.”

      Comment posted on 03/05/2013 at 15:50.
  5. hazelam
    Since: Feb 2009

    how can you even copyright a meme anyway?

    surely for it to even reach meme status it has to be used by lots of people.
    use it to make the guy popular, but don’t use it because it’s copyright.

    and it’s not like the game is sold on the strength of that meme.
    i didn’t see any “buy this game, it has keyboard cat” ads.

    the nyan cat thing, since that was an original creation by somebody, i can see the merit in that one.
    though he didn’t actually call it nyan cat, he called it pop tart cat, but the image would be his creation.
    and once again, the game isn’t sold on the strength of it’s inclusion

    Comment posted on 02/05/2013 at 22:03.
  6. Peter Chapman
    Team TSA: Editor
    Since: Forever

    Hold on… the Nyan cat dude? Really? It’s got a Pop Tart for a body… Pop Tarts are owned by Kelloggs so… he’s infringing their design, surely?

    Comment posted on 02/05/2013 at 22:22.
    • Alex C
      One for all.
      Since: Forever


      Comment posted on 02/05/2013 at 22:34.

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