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Felix sues Kit Cat

Remember Felix the Cat, the cartoon character?
Ever seen Kit Cat, the wall clock, the one with the roving eyes and swinging tail?
Well the two are about to scratch and claw in federal court.

Felix came to life way back in the 1920’s, in his first ever cartoon.
Kit Cat started wagging his tail about 10 years after that, during the Great Depression.
The production company that owns the rights to Felix the Cat, is sueing Kit Cat for copyright infringement, because the clock looks a lot like Felix.  The manufacturer of the clock says it’s a mere coincidence, a black cat is a black cat, and that’s that.  However, the Felix folks countered with the fact that, up until the time the lawsuit was filed, the Kit Cat people used online advertisements that referred to the product as the Felix Clock.

Case closed, right?  It’s obvious, isn’t it?
The Kit Cat builders actually called their clock Felix.

But wait, not so fast, [we think this is where the lawyers stepped in] the clock company claims the ads didn’t use the ‘name’ Felix, they used the ‘word’ felix, from the Latin felicitas, which means happiness.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, you just can’t make this stuff up.
You have to ask yourself though, why it took 70 to 80 years, to notice there was a little resemblance.

Full Story: New York Daily News

Cartoon from Sid in the City

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