A lawsuit or plea has been filed against the makers of hit TV show The Big Bang Theory over ownership of the song Soft kitty that has become a source of comfort for the show’s main character, Sheldon, whenever he’s sick or troubled.
In 1937, Australian poet Edith Newlin wrote lyrics of the song “Warm kitty”. But recently it is popularized by the characters Sheldon and Penny in the American comedy The Big Bang Theory where it is rendered as “Soft Kitty”. According to claims in a copyright lawsuit, the words to “Warm Kitty” were written by Edith Newlin. Margaret Perry and Ellen Chase, the daughters of Edith Newlin, thought CBS should pay royalty for violating the copyright law. So, they filed against the makers of the sitcom.
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The ‘Soft kitty’ lyrics are among the best known and most popular aspects of ‘The Big Bang Theory’. They have become a signature and emblematic feature of the show and a central part of the show’s promotion.
The comedy show made the song so popular that CBS made a merchandise out of it, including coffee mugs, hoodies, T-shirts, toys and key chains.