A “Big Bang Theory” lawsuit has erupted over the show’s classic Sheldon Cooper lullaby, “Soft Kitty,” which is now claimed to be a rip off of a 1937 poem about a soft kitty.
‘Big Bant Theory’ Lawsuit Erupts Over ‘Soft Kitty’
According to USA Today, the “Big Bang Theory” lawsuit over “Soft Kitty” claims that the lyrics are a copyright violation of a poem written by Edith Newlin in 1937, which contains begins, “Warm kitty, soft kitty, little ball of fur,” which is nearly identical to Sheldon’s favorite song titled “Soft Kitty,” which beings “Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur.”
Now, Edith Newlin’s daughters have filed a lawsuit against “The Big Bang Theory” for stealing the words and not crediting their mother for her work.
“The Soft Kitty lyrics are among the best-known and most popular aspects of The Big Bang Theory,” the lawsuit states. “They have become a signature and emblematic feature of the show and a central part of the show’s promotion.”
What Happens Next?
“The Big Bang Theory” has used the song multiple times on the show, and has even included the lyrics on merchandise promoting the hit CBS comedy.
It should be interesting to see if “The Big Bang Theory” lawsuit over “Soft Kitty” will stop the show from using the song/poem in future episodes, or if they’ll credit Edith Newlin’s work and pay her daughters for the rights.