Suit Dropped Against Creator of The Oatmeal
WTG Mr. Inman.
An Arizona attorney has dropped a lawsuit against the creator of the popular comic website The Oatmeal over an online feud that erupted when another website allegedly posted Oatmeal cartoons without permission or credit.
Charles Carreon, of Tucson, Ariz., claimed that Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman began defaming him on the Internet after lobbing theft claims against funnyjunk.com, a content aggregator website.
Inman publicly accused the Seattle-based FunnyJunk of stealing his comics and making defamatory remarks in 2010.
Carreon, who is licensed to practice in California, says FunnyJunk retained him to respond and that he sent a demand letter for $20,000 in damages. The letter also asked that Inman remove all references FunnyJunk from his website and blog.
In a San Francisco lawsuit filed last month, Carreon said Inman launched a fundraiser called “Operation BearLove Good, Cancer Bad.” It featured a cartoon of an obese woman in her underwear, trying to seduce a bear, which Inman described as a drawing of the mother of Funkyjunk’s creator.
Inman said he would give the proceeds to the American Cancer Society and the National Wildlife Federation, rather than the creator of FunkyJunk, “hoping that philanthropy trumps douchebaggery and greed.”
The campaign raised well above the intended mark, bringing in $200,000, which has already been delivered to the named charities.
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