The Scribblenauts franchise was a surprise hit and frankly, I love it to bits. Though the levels are fun, it’s really the free mode that clings on to you as a form of entertainment for years to come and one of those few games that you feel obligated to show to all of your mates.
Even with all of its included items, its creators have been very smart in avoiding potential legal issues by not including any copyrighted content in their games. Except from, y’know, all of the internet memes.
Charles Schmidt and Christoper Orlando Torres, the respective creators of Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat, have both filed lawsuits against Scribblenauts developer 5th Cell and Warner Bros. for unlicensed use or authorization of either meme in all of the current Scribblenauts games.
Though they’re both within their right to do so, it seems a little strange to me — both memes are used in an endless number of unlicensed animations, memes and various appearances (not the least to mention my favourite game of the year thus far, Guacamelee!, containing a great number of memes), trademarks for the two memes were not filed until after the first Scribblenauts game was released and if a silly internet meme of mine was to be inserted into a game I’d want to show off the fact, not sue the people responsible.