TheOatmeal Gets Threatened With $20k Lawsuit

Submitted by: freddyferret 5 years ago in Weird

FunnyJunk stole from TheOatmeal. Now they want The Oatmeal to pay them $20k. [Update: Oatmeal raised the $20k.]
Credits: The Oatmeal
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Male 166
The Oatmeal is not funny.

It`s like a website created by your half-clever, `zany,` middle aged aunty. Nothing on that site has ever made me laugh.

May God have mercy on all your souls.
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Male 5,811
Ok, Crakr, I`m better now. To anyone interested, here`s a good blog from a lawyer who explains how funnyjunk really has no case, and is trying to bully Oatmeal into paying $20K.
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Male 15,184
Shucks. thepornmeal.com is taken.
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Male 17,512
patchgrabber: I know your stunned right now, it`ll wear off.
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Male 5,811
[quote]I have to agree with patchgrabber[/quote]



Somebody pinch me.
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Male 265
Before this posting here, I`d never heard of FunnyJunk. They should be paying The Oatmeal for the advertising.
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Female 32
The lawyer was questioned and says he`s going to try to stop the donations because the website hosting is`nt for uses such as these or something
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Male 17,512
Gerry: I have to agree with patchgrabber on the `extortion`. Funnyjunk isn`t presenting a `bill` for lost income they are threatening to inform to cause federal legal action. Funnyjunk can`t prove actual damages, whereas The Oatmeal CAN prove copyright infringement.

The Oatmeal has nothing to fear here, they haven`t libeled, been the cause of harm to reputation or income to FJ or violated any federal law. FJ has damaged itself by being a dick and sending this latest letter just proves that fact.
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Male 1,810
Re : Oatmeat. So. Much. Win.
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Male 329
This IS an extortion attempt. Basically the site in question is claiming to sue for libel. They say they are being libeled on another website, TheOatmeal,resulting in a loss of income. However if it`s true, it isn`t libel. And it can be proven that Matt`s claims about their infringements are true.
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Male 329
Still 14 days to go. He`s already received $130k YOU GO MATT! I love TheOatmeal. And despise sites such as the one mentioned (I WON`T say here) that simply take other people`s creations with no credit given. The worst of them will even put their own watermark on it.
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Male 399
[quote]Apart from being stupid and ignorant (e.g. the ludicrous claim about how to manipulate Google search results), the case would be thrown out because of the clearest and best defence against an accusation of defamation - the statements made are provably true. Funnyjunk was making money from selling advertising on a large number of unauthorised, uncredited copies of The Oatmeal`s work with the credits edited out of the comics. They can argue that they`re allowed to do so, and maybe they are, but they can`t argue that they weren`t doing it.[/quote]

yup...i like the fact that they are trying to claim that old blogs that pointed out what FJ were doing are slander when they deleted the content after their creation

it`s like swiping something from a shop, being caught red handed, then simply putting it back and being outraged about the accusation (especially when the shop owner was ready to let it go after it was put back)
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Male 273
I really hate those kind of people...

A woman in my building keep having lawsuits for random crap... last time she sued the condominium for something that had nothing to do with us, she lost, then we sued her to make her pay the lawyer fees that we had to pay to defend ourselves, she was pissed ^^
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Male 1,754
I love how it`s only 20 grand and not some ridiculous number. LoL what a fool.
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Male 12,365
My guess is that Funnyjunk is going out of business and is flailing around trying to grub up some money from somewhere. Why else would they try this ridiculous scheme to coerce money from the Oatmeal on the basis of a post made a year ago, which they replied to a year ago?
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Male 12,365
[quote]I`m pretty sure this would get thrown out of court for being so stupid anyway.[/quote]

It`s almost certainly just an attempt to silence the target by using an expensive lawsuit as a weapon to threaten them with. In which case the lawyer is still either incompetent or following orders from someone who`s incompetent, as shown by demanding $20K. That`s too much to be written off.

Apart from being stupid and ignorant (e.g. the ludicrous claim about how to manipulate Google search results), the case would be thrown out because of the clearest and best defence against an accusation of defamation - the statements made are provably true. Funnyjunk was making money from selling advertising on a large number of unauthorised, uncredited copies of The Oatmeal`s work with the credits edited out of the comics. They can argue that they`re allowed to do so, and maybe they are, but they can`t argue that they weren`t doing it.
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Male 3,894
"is this extortion?" "is this blackmail?"

I believe the term is an out of court settlement.
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Male 5,314
damn, he`s up to $120K
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Female 4,447
I`ve been following this since he posted about it on FB. FunnyJunk should not eff with The Oatmeal. The wrath of the his Oatlets is not to be trifled with.
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Male 2,516
LOL. Seriously though, that letter was so pathetic I can hardly believe it`s real. I`m pretty sure this would get thrown out of court for being so stupid anyway.
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Male 5,811
@jendrian: But they make such a compelling case...
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Male 2,516
@patchgrabber: they can argue it all day, it doesn`t make it true and it sure as hell doesn`t give them the right to demand $20K
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Male 265
Just like the burglar who broke into a house, injured himself on a broken step, sued for damages, and won.
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Male 39,564

@ patchgrabber - I agree with your assessment that they are ashats. I`m sure they fit the biblical and legal definition of the word.
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Male 5,811
@Gerry: Point taken, they`re arguing that their reputation was defamed and that damages are presumed. Not extortion technically. Although colloquially...these guys are asshats.
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Male 39,564

"You cost me money. You owe me $20K. Pay or I sue"
Not extortion.
By justifying the money as lost income it`s presenting a bill. If he had said "I got pics of you and that dog. pay me $20K or I go to the cops" THAT`s extortion.
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Male 5,811
US Code - Section 873: Blackmail

"Whoever, under a threat of informing, or as a consideration for not informing, against any violation of any law of the United States, demands or receives any money or other valuable thing, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both."

Sounds like it fits to me.
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Male 2,516
Gerry,
It isn`t a bill because he doesn`t owe them anything.

Also, shouldn`t funny junk be suing itself for ruining funny junk`s reputation?
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Male 39,564

Sending someone a bill and threatening to sue if they don`t pay is not "extortion". Hell, VISA does that to me everymonth.
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Male 5,811
Isn`t it technically extortion to say "give us $20K or we`ll sue"? Is that even legal?
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Male 273
note all links referenced have been conveniently taken down. pretty shady funny junk.
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Male 5,413
That picture! XD
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Male 270
I visited funnyjunk like...5 years ago..or something, and it was poo then, I don`t expect much of it now. After reading this, go theOatmeal!
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Male 399
if the owner of FJ thought that he`d get loads of support because of all the anti-anti-piracy movements (no i don`t mean piracy movements :p ), then he`d be well out of his depths here...and in reality
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Male 2,384
funny junk is garbage
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Male 3,894
What a sneering prick of a lawyer. He obviously knows that funnyjunk has no ground to stand on, but he wants to scalp The Oatmeal for cash anyway, in the hopes that the poor guy won`t know how to defend himself. F*ck that, and good on you, Oatmeal.
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Male 531
lol wow last i checked it was at $115k, nice job.
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Female 313
Love the Oatmeal so much
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Male 17,512
drat yeah!

WTG Oatmeal!
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Male 646
You gotta love lawyers....
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Male 163
Anybody check out the donations page? Over $100k
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Male 2,551
People still use funnyjunk?
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Male 79
And FunnyJunk gets burned on their own website : http://goo.gl/oCov9
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Male 79
@IRockYeah, and still 15 days to go :P
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Male 10,338
The Oatmeal is down at the moment, or is it just me?
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Male 79
LMAO!! That`s a good one! Go TheOatmeal!! :P
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Male 5,811
And this is a good example of litigation run amok.
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Male 2,619
They`ve raised over $112,000 now.
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Male 11,739
Link: TheOatmeal Gets Threatened With $20k Lawsuit [Rate Link] - FunnyJunk stole from TheOatmeal. Now they want The Oatmeal to pay them $20k. [Update: Oatmeal raised the $20k.]
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