So the internet is a pretty cool thing that allows an unprecedented amount of human interaction. One of the cool things about the internet is that people can make a name for themselves with their wit and talent.
One of my favorite (although not always) comics online is “theoatmeal.com”. The author, Matthew Inman is certainly talented at what he does.
Of course the other side of the internet coins is that it’s incredibly easy for other people to rip off the work of artists, slap up some advertising, and call it their own. Which is exactly the problem Mr. Inman was having with FunkyJunk.com. Instead of doing any number of legal actions, he decided to do a comic about it asking his readers what he should do about it.
This lead to a reaction by the powers that be at FunkyJunk…
Mr. Inman clarifies that he wasn’t trying to get FunkyJunk taken down, but didn’t want his stuff listed on their website unattributed. Ultimately he realized that it wasn’t worth the effort to try and stop this from happening.
And that’s where he left it a year ago
Flash forward a year later and he gets served a letter by FunkyJunk.com’s lawyer Charles Carreon.
So Mr. Inman posted the letter on his website… with a rebuttal edited into the letter the lawyer sent.
In that letter the lawyer asked for $20,000 to be paid to FunkyJunk for damages caused by defamation by Inman.
Inmans had this to say
You want ME to pay YOU $20,000 for hosting MY unlicensed comics on YOUR s***y website for the past 3 years?” Inman rants. “NO, i’ve got a better idea.”
“1. I’m going to try and raise $20,000 in donations.
2. I’m going to take a photo of the raised money.
3. I’m going to mail you that photo, along with this picture of your mom seducing a Kodiak bear.
4. I’m going to take that money and donate half of it to the National Wildlife Federation and half of it to the American Cancer Society.”
“I don’t want to spend the next year tied up in legal bullshit with you. I just want to make comics. Consider this my philanthropic, kind-spirited way of saying &$%# OFF.”
Well the fundraiser didn’t raise $20,000. It raised (over) $211,000.
The lawyer didn’t like being made a fool, so he’s decided to sue not only Mr. Inman… but also indiegogo.com which is the website that the fundraiser was held on. He’s also decided to sue the National Wildlife Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
And that’s where this whole things stands right now.
A website stole stuff, got made fun of, decided to sue, which got rebuffed in a most unusual way, the lawyers feelings were hurt so now he’s suing THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY and THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FOUNDATION. You know… two organizations that almost anybody could get behind.
And then I found ten dollars