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TIME Magazine

Grumpy Cat Photo Rip-Off

Was a 'Coincidence'

3/30/2013 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0329_grump_cat_bullet_articleTIME magazine is offering a limp excuse for its new Grumpy Cat photo spread -- telling TMZ the fact that it appears to be a flagrant and shameless rip-off of some lesser known feline photos is a total coincidence.

The other spread -- featuring an Internet celeb cat named Lil Bub -- first appeared in Bullett Magazine back in October. The TIME piece ran last week.

And the similarities are glaring -- down to the actual poses and the matching pink backgrounds.

The people at Bullett are understandably pissed, telling us, "Inspiration is one thing, but some of these photos are nearly identical. If it was indeed a copycat, it shouldn't have happened in the first place."

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The art director behind the Bullett piece adds, "It's not about the money. It's more the lack of journalistic integrity and general laziness, the mere audacity that they thought no one would notice.”

For TIME's part, the mag's rep would only call the similarities "a complete coincidence."

We've reached out to Elizabeth Renstrom, the photographer of the TIME spread, so far ... no word back.

So we gotta ask ... you buyin' what TIME's sellin'?

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1.

Virtual Insanity    

Grumpy Cat is not impressed.

482 days ago
2.

Carl    

Countless Grumpy Cat style comments incoming!

482 days ago
3.

Truth    

PULEEEEZ... NONE OF THESE JOKERS ARE ORIGINAL. THAT POSE HAS BEEN USED OVER THE LAST 100 YRS WITH BOTH CATS AND PUPPIES. BIG F*CKIN DEAL. MOVE THIS SH*T ALONG... #TRUTH!!

482 days ago
4.

namers    

That's Entertainment!

482 days ago
5.

Elsa    

Time and other older publications are just tired. They are at a lose in the new digital age of information and instead of leading the way, are just treading water latching onto anything they think can keep them afloat.
Sad and pathetic to see them stoop like this.

482 days ago
6.

cooky_doe    

This probably goes no further up in complicity than Time's art director or even the photographer hired for the shoot. It's really impossible to control visual plagiarism - it happens all the... uhh... time.

482 days ago
7.

U dont know me     

Hell I rather hear news about the Grumpy cat than Lohan, Bieber, and the stupid Kardashians

482 days ago
8.

Canadasux    

'Could care less.

482 days ago
9.

kuality79    

Grumpy cat pissed on Harvey thanks Grumpy Cat

482 days ago
10.

Canadasux    

This could have something to do with a worldwide conspiracy, or something to do with the coming apocalypse. Yawn!

482 days ago
11.

jackmama311    

there can be only one!

482 days ago
12.

Cricket    

I don't really care, but the background is the same. Holding a cat out in front of a camera is surely public domain by now. Silly story.

482 days ago
13.

Ian    

The other cat is obviously Carlos Mencia in disguise.

482 days ago
14.

Xoxo    

Both cats/spreads are absoutely ADORABLE (and I'm not a "cat person")!! People need to stop being such whiny bitches!!

482 days ago
15.

nevermore    

jeebus, who pharking cares? do people not have anything better to do than look for lame arse excuses to sue someone???

482 days ago
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