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Date: 06/12/12 10:00 AM

50 Responses to TheOatmeal Gets Threatened With $20k Lawsuit

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    freddyferret Male 40-49
    11742 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 10:17 am
    Link: TheOatmeal Gets Threatened With $20k Lawsuit - FunnyJunk stole from TheOatmeal. Now they want The Oatmeal to pay them $20k.
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    IRockYeah Male 40-49
    2619 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 10:25 am
    They`ve raised over $112,000 now.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 10:42 am
    And this is a good example of litigation run amok.
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    lordfoobar Male 30-39
    79 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 10:45 am
    LMAO!! That`s a good one! Go TheOatmeal!! :P
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 10:49 am
    The Oatmeal is down at the moment, or is it just me?
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    lordfoobar Male 30-39
    79 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 10:54 am
    @IRockYeah, and still 15 days to go :P
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    lordfoobar Male 30-39
    79 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 10:57 am
    And FunnyJunk gets burned on their own website : http://goo.gl/oCov9
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    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
    2554 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 11:02 am
    People still use funnyjunk?
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    GlockPants Male 18-29
    163 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 11:02 am
    Anybody check out the donations page? Over $100k
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    mcboozerilla Male 30-39
    646 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 11:06 am
    You gotta love lawyers....
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 11:26 am
    drat yeah!

    WTG Oatmeal!
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    tehbionic Female 18-29
    313 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 11:28 am
    Love the Oatmeal so much
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    drgnfire Male 18-29
    531 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 11:29 am
    lol wow last i checked it was at $115k, nice job.
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    DrProfessor Male 18-29
    3894 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 11:34 am
    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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    darkmagic14n Male 18-29
    1625 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 11:41 am
    someone already edited his wiki
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    ledzeppeloyd Male 18-29
    2385 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 11:41 am
    funny junk is garbage
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    Langer Male 18-29
    394 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 11:54 am
    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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    Javien Male 18-29
    270 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm
    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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    8BitHero Male 18-29
    5414 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm
    That picture! XD
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    chickiesue86 Male 70 & Over
    273 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    note all links referenced have been conveniently taken down. pretty shady funny junk.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm
    Isn`t it technically extortion to say "give us $20K or we`ll sue"? Is that even legal?
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36192 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    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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    jendrian Male 18-29
    2516 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm
    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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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm
    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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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36192 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    "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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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    @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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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36192 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    @ 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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    Wowummwow Male 18-29
    265 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm
    Just like the burglar who broke into a house, injured himself on a broken step, sued for damages, and won.
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    jendrian Male 18-29
    2516 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm
    @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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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm
    @jendrian: But they make such a compelling case...
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    jendrian Male 18-29
    2516 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    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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    Ani187 Female 30-39
    4448 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm
    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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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
    5316 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm
    damn, he`s up to $120K
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    DrProfessor Male 18-29
    3894 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm
    "is this extortion?" "is this blackmail?"

    I believe the term is an out of court settlement.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm
    I`m pretty sure this would get thrown out of court for being so stupid anyway.

    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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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm
    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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    swoop408 Male 18-29
    1754 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm
    I love how it`s only 20 grand and not some ridiculous number. LoL what a fool.
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    Tekinette Male 30-39
    273 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm
    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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    Langer Male 18-29
    394 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm
    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.

    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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    tiedyed Male 40-49
    304 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm
    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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    tiedyed Male 40-49
    304 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm
    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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    lawndartsftw Male 40-49
    1811 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 7:27 pm
    Re : Oatmeat. So. Much. Win.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    June 12, 2012 at 10:02 pm
    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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    cjob005 Female 18-29
    32 posts
    June 13, 2012 at 3:24 am
    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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    Tay-Dor Male 40-49
    265 posts
    June 13, 2012 at 5:56 am
    Before this posting here, I`d never heard of FunnyJunk. They should be paying The Oatmeal for the advertising.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    June 13, 2012 at 7:25 am
    I have to agree with patchgrabber



    Somebody pinch me.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    June 13, 2012 at 9:32 am
    patchgrabber: I know your stunned right now, it`ll wear off.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14544 posts
    June 13, 2012 at 9:59 am
    Shucks. thepornmeal.com is taken.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    June 13, 2012 at 10:38 am
    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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    GTrain Male 18-29
    166 posts
    June 14, 2012 at 3:27 am
    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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