Scribblenauts is the game where anything is possible. If your imagination can imagine it, you can have it and use it within the game, but the creator of the Nyan Cat meme, Christopher Orlando Torres isn’t happy that 5th Cell and Warner Bros have put the Nyan Cat in Scribblenauts Unlimited without his permission.
Torres told Eurogamer in lengthy statement which defended the lawsuit “We reached out to the companies in hopes of working out an amicable resolution of the issue, yet were disrespected and snubbed each time as nothing more than nuisances for asking for fair compensation for our intellectual property.” The lawsuit has since received negative attention due to some slight discrepancies with dates.
“That’s not right. I have no issues with Nyan Cat being enjoyed by millions of fans as a meme , and I have never tried to prevent people from making creative uses of it that contribute artistically and are not for profit. But this is a commercial use, and these companies themselves are protectors of their own intellectual property. Many other companies have licensed Nyan Cat properly to use commercially. In Scribblenauts Unlimited, you have to actually type out the words “Nyan Cat” and “Keyboard Cat” to get our characters to appear in the game.”
Keyboard Cat’s creator Charles Schmidt is also involved in the lawsuit due to the unlicensed use of the YouTube sensation Keyboard Cat in other Scribblenauts games.
In all fairness the lawsuit is nothing sinister, they’re not looking to sue Warner Bros or 5th Cell for loads of money, they’re just looking to be treated fairly and be compensated for their creative work. This is something that more often than not gets swept under the carpet never to be seen again.
More on this news as it develops.