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TheOatmeal Gets Threatened With $20k Lawsuit

Hits: 11046 | Rating: (2.3) | Category: Weird | Added by: freddyferret
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GTrain
Male, 18-29, Australia
 166 Posts
Thursday, June 14, 2012 3:27:11 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.

patchgrabber
Male, 30-39, Canada
 5684 Posts
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 10:38:37 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.

Draculya
Male, 40-49, Asia
 11489 Posts
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:59:21 AM
Shucks. thepornmeal.com is taken.

CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 16725 Posts
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:32:58 AM
patchgrabber: I know your stunned right now, it'll wear off.

patchgrabber
Male, 30-39, Canada
 5684 Posts
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 7:25:31 AM
I have to agree with patchgrabber




Somebody pinch me.

Tay-Dor
Male, 40-49, Western US
 265 Posts
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 5:56:11 AM
Before this posting here, I'd never heard of FunnyJunk. They should be paying The Oatmeal for the advertising.

cjob005
Female, 18-29, Australia
 32 Posts
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 3:24:31 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

CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 16725 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:02:05 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.

lawndartsftw
Male, 40-49, Canada
 1815 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 7:27:20 PM
Re : Oatmeat. So. Much. Win.

tiedyed
Male, 40-49, Western US
 205 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 6:38:38 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.

tiedyed
Male, 40-49, Western US
 205 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 6:29:26 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.

Langer
Male, 18-29, Europe
 382 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 6:25:05 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)

Tekinette
Male, 18-29, Europe
 266 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 6:11:38 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 ^^

swoop408
Male, 18-29, Western US
 1768 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 5:05:06 PM
I love how it's only 20 grand and not some ridiculous number. LoL what a fool.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11029 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 4:40:08 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?

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11029 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 4:36:32 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.

DrProfessor
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 3884 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 4:30:33 PM
"is this extortion?" "is this blackmail?"

I believe the term is an out of court settlement.

ScottSerious
Male, 18-29, Western US
 5329 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:52:06 PM
damn, he's up to $120K

Ani187
Female, 30-39, Midwest US
 4532 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:49:03 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.

jendrian
Male, 18-29, Canada
 2488 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:47:26 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.

patchgrabber
Male, 30-39, Canada
 5684 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:43:20 PM
@jendrian: But they make such a compelling case...

jendrian
Male, 18-29, Canada
 2488 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:41:04 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

Wowummwow
Male, 18-29, Western US
 266 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:34:55 PM
Just like the burglar who broke into a house, injured himself on a broken step, sued for damages, and won.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33895 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:34:28 PM

@ patchgrabber - I agree with your assessment that they are ashats. I'm sure they fit the biblical and legal definition of the word.

patchgrabber
Male, 30-39, Canada
 5684 Posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:30:07 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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