A lawsuit over the rights to a lullaby sung on The Big Bang Theory is challenging the ownership of “Soft Kitty,” which has been sung several times on the show whenever Sheldon needs comforting. The song was so popular that CBS built a marketing campaign around it, featuring Soft Kitty t-shirts, plush toys, key chains, coffee mugs and hoodies.
Lyrics for the song “Warm Kitty” were written in 1937 by the late-poet Edith Newlin, and now her daughters, Margaret Perry and Ellen Chase, are saying that CBS has to pay up. In their suit, filed today in federal court in Manhattan, they say that “The Soft Kitty lyrics have played a prominent role in the development and portrayal of one of the central characters in the program.”
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