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(Tampa Bay Times)   Florida Man burned through $180K fighting lawsuit that barred him from posting cute cat photos   (tampabay.com) divider line
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2020-08-31 5:31:08 PM  
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2020-08-31 7:12:45 PM  
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2020-08-31 7:17:34 PM  
The most important part: other peoples' donated $180k. Too bad the settlement is confidential, it would be good to know what this was about.
 
2020-08-31 7:18:03 PM  
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2020-08-31 7:19:37 PM  
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2020-08-31 7:19:39 PM  
I think I'd rather console myself with $180k worth of hookers and blackjack instead of supporting some lawyer's coke habit.
 
2020-08-31 7:26:54 PM  

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I should get two cats that apparently generate $2500 per day on social media.
 
2020-08-31 7:29:11 PM  
He had signed a deal with two other guys to operate the brand. It turned ugly and became a trademark dispute. Two lawsuits, I think. I watched a few YouTube videos about it, but I didn't care enough to dig deeper.

And I didn't read TFA.
 
2020-08-31 7:32:25 PM  
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2020-08-31 7:33:20 PM  
As a retired lawyer who just skimmed through the article, I have no idea what really happened here. I guess the owners of the cats entered into an agreement and then the other party tried to steal everything. All I can say is: if you want to do anything, make sure not to involve any other parties in your business.
 
2020-08-31 7:35:13 PM  
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2020-08-31 7:45:42 PM  
Oh thank God. Just can't live without cat videos.
 
2020-08-31 8:04:08 PM  
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2020-08-31 8:16:17 PM  
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2020-08-31 8:25:05 PM  

jjorsett: The most important part: other peoples' donated $180k. Too bad the settlement is confidential, it would be good to know what this was about.


Obviously this is all just speculation since the actual terms are confidential, but it's a good guess that the company had some sort of exclusivity clause in posting pictures of these particular cats as their digital manager.

What we do know from TFA: In the end, the company was losing $2500/day not doing Cole & Marmalade pictures, AND was paying their lawyers, and the cat owners were blowing through an average of $500/day if they've burnt $180K in one year.

Since they've resumed posting but not with Digital Pet Media, it's a safe bet that the terms are
(a) Both parties agree to sever the relationship
(b) Presumably both agree to non-disparagement

Per TFA, "Everyone just wanted to go their separate ways and move on," Josephs said. After all, why does anyone settle?
(a) both were tired of enriching the lawyers
(b) the company decided to stop throwing good money after bad because
(b.1) they'd now accumulated more losses than any probable damages even if they'd ultimately win
(b.2) the lawyers informed them they were going to lose in the end

/nice try at eating my formatting, comment editor... not this time, sucka, not this time
 
2020-08-31 8:44:08 PM  
I missed Cole and Marm.  Fortunately I was able to console and distract myself with dozens of other Instagram cats.
 
2020-08-31 8:56:07 PM  

Huggermugger: I missed Cole and Marm.  Fortunately I was able to console and distract myself with dozens of other Instagram cats.


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2020-08-31 9:52:39 PM  
They do good work. Whether they're online or not.  There are articles online published over the last several months that give enough details that you can suss out the situation now.  Digital pet media are people who only use digital content to make money. Cat man Chris actually rescues cats - large and small - and rehomes  them. Please support his new named company, the furtastic.
 
2020-08-31 10:05:46 PM  
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2020-09-01 12:10:28 AM  
It's neat that they came to a settlement just as the $180k ran out. Close call!
 
2020-09-01 12:33:29 AM  
I've read about Youtubers having this kind of issue. The story usually involves the 'star' or talent partnering with the business person in a Youtube venture. At first because they aren't successful they all get along fine. Then if they become successful and the money starts rolling in, either side or both sides get greedy. Maybe the star wants more or total control of the channel. The business person might have set things up so they control access to the relevant accounts. Now the star can't access the channel or upload material, but now the business person doesn't have new material to generate revenue. Then there's a legal fight over it.

The lesson I learned from those cases is make sure you have equal access to everything. Make sure you have equal ownership of everything from the name of the channel to the logo to the names of the characters(if applicable). The last thing you want to have happen is you work hard to create the successful character of Fark Youtuber only to find out the business manager owns that name. You can move on to your own channel but now you have to start from scratch all over again.
 
2020-09-01 2:40:43 AM  

fragMasterFlash: I think I'd rather console myself with $180k worth of hookers and blackjack instead of supporting some lawyer's coke habit.


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