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Old 06-12-2012, 09:36 AM
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Default The Oatmeal vs FunnyJunk.com

The original post, almost a year ago:

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Here's how FunnyJunk.com's business operates:
  • Gather funny pictures from around the internet
  • Host them on FunnyJunk.com
  • Slather them in advertising
  • If someone claims copyright infringement, throw your hands up in the air and exclaim "It was our users who uploaded your photos! We had nothing to do with it! We're innocent!"
  • Cash six figure advertising checks from other artist's stolen material
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Apparently Funnyjunk responded with a threat of lawsuit unless 20K was paid. Oatmeal raised $20K in 64 minutes, but he's not gonna pay it. here's Funnyjunk's letter, annotated:

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FunnyJunk is threatening to file a federal lawsuit against me unless I pay $20,000 in damages

Remember FunnyJunk? Almost exactly a year ago I published a blog post about my comics being stolen, re-hosted, and monetized on FunnyJunk's website. The owner of the site responded and some of the comics were taken down, He still had a ton of my comics hosted without credit, but the energy it would take to get him to take them down wasn't worth it. I thought the issue was done and over with so I let him be.

A few days ago I was served papers informing me that the owner of FunnyJunk is going to file a federal lawsuit against me unless I pay him $20,000 in damages. You can read the full letter here.

The owner of FunnyJunk hired Charles Carreon, a lawyer who became famous in the 90s after successfully litigating sex.com. Charles does a bit of modeling too, apparently.

I don't want to get tied up in courtroom nonsense. I don't want to pay more money to my lawyer. Don't you miss the days when I posted 2 comics a week, instead of writing rebuttals to Forbes and dealing with bullshit like this?

So do I.

I've annotated the letter below as well as outlined how I'm going to deal with this.



<snip> list of hundreds of links on funny junk











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Old 06-12-2012, 10:05 AM
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Well, this tells me that the guy who writes "Oatmeal" is funny.

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Old 06-12-2012, 12:20 PM
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Well, this tells me that the guy who writes "Oatmeal" is funny.

Yep, maybe I should start reading it.

Also, screw FunnyJunk. I think The Oatmeal guy has the right idea of, "I don't want to be tied up in court." However, if FunnyJunk (whatever awful website that is) pushes the issue, I hope he counter sues the crap out of them.
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some followup:
http://digitallife.today.msnbc.msn.c...ity-fundraiser

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"I'm completely unfamiliar really with this style of responding to a legal threat — I've never really seen it before," Carreon explains. "I don't like seeing anyone referring to my mother as a sexual deviant," he added, referencing the drawing Inman posted.
Guess what, dude.... you're probably going to become a lot more familiar with this sort of response to a legal threat if you keep working for FunnyJunk.
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too long, I would rather read espn
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here's a wookiee jesus:



you can buy it as a poster:
http://shop.theoatmeal.com/products/...s-signed-print
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wookie jesus ftw!
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some followup:
http://digitallife.today.msnbc.msn.c...ity-fundraiser

Guess what, dude.... you're probably going to become a lot more familiar with this sort of response to a legal threat if you keep working for FunnyJunk.
He responds by trying to shut down the charity fundraiser? What an ass.
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Did you think the story was over yet?

Of course not.

Mr. New-to-the-internet has some new targets to sue:
http://www.popehat.com/2012/06/17/th...ues-everybody/

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On Friday, June 15, 2012, attorney Charles Carreon passed from mundane short-term internet notoriety into a sort of legal cartoon-supervillainy.

He transcended typical internet infamy when he filed a federal lawsuit last Friday in the United Sates District Court for the Northern District of California in Oakland. He belonged to the ages the moment he filed that lawsuit not only against Matthew Inman, proprietor of The Oatmeal, but also against IndieGoGo Inc., the company that hosted Inman's ridiculously effective fundraiser for the National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society.

But that level of censorious litigiousness was not enough for Charles Carreon. He sought something more. And so, on that same Friday, Charles Carreon also sued the National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society, the beneficiaries of Matthew Inman's fundraiser.
I can imagine an interesting cartoon will be coming out of this.
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Oh wait, here's a Forbes piece, with a handy-dandy pic people could use to make a cartoon!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthi...f-the-oatmeal/

I'm just going to pick out a choice quote from Mr. Carreon:
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“So someone takes one of my letters and takes it apart. That doesn’t mean you can just declare netwar, that doesn’t mean you can encourage people to hack my website, to brute force my WordPress installation so I have to change my password. You can’t encourage people to violate my trademark and violate my twitter name and associate me with incompetence with stupidity, and douchebaggery,” he says. “And if that’s where the world is going I will fight with every ounce of force in this 5’11 180 pound frame against it. I’ve got the energy, and I’ve got the time.”
I believe he is mistaking cause and effect.
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