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Wait a minute. It's not Charles Schmidt. It's Charlie, just plain Charlie

We can't quite call Spokane performing and visual artist Charlie Schmidt by any other name.

He's Charlie, always has, always will.

So it was odd seeing Bloomberg pick up a story on last week's announced settlement between Schmidt and a Chicago company, which made T-shirts under the Threadless brand.

Here's the Bloomberg language, with the very serious reference to Mr. C. Schmidt.

Keyboard Cat’ Video Maker, Clothing Company Settle Dispute

The maker of the “Keyboard Cat” video that has been viewed almost 26 million times on Google Inc.’s YouTube video- sharing website settled a copyright infringement suit against a Chicago-based clothing maker.

Charles Schmidt of Spokane, Wash, sued SkinnyCorp LLC’s Threadless unit in June 2011 for putting images of the keyboard cat on T-shirts and cases for Apple Inc.’s iPhones without authorization.

Schmidt said in his filing that he has licensed the images and sections of the video to companies including Microsoft Corp., PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Nokia Oyj. The video is also being used to promote pistachio nuts, according to court papers.




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