Feeds

Oatmealer rubs Operation Bear Love cash in troll's face

Overmatched FunnyJunk lawyer yanks legal action

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

The strange saga of the Oatmeal creator and the litigious troll has come to an end, with the public display of $211,223.04 arranged in a large FU.

Cartoonist Matthew Inman collected the money after receiving a letter from a lawyer representing FunnyJunk over comments Inman made in his blog a year ago about the comics aggregation site using his material to drive advertising. The lawyer, Charles Carreon, asked for $20,000 in damages and the removal of the offending material.

Money FU

A subtle message from The Oatmeal

In response, Inman launched Operation Bear Love, a quest to raise the same amount of money for the American Cancer Society and the National Wildlife Federation. He promised that when $20,000 has been raised for charity, he would send a picture of the money to Carreon, along with a framed cartoon of the mother of FunnyJunk's owner seducing a Kodiak bear.

The campaign took off, and within a few days Inman had raised over $200,000. Carreon, however, filed a suit against Inman and the online collection site Indigogo to freeze the money and stop it being contributed to charity. But when the EFF signed up to defend Inman, Carreon backed down.

"Matthew Inman spoke out against Carreon's threat of a frivolous lawsuit, in a very popular and very public way," said EFF senior staff attorney Kurt Opsahl. "This was nothing more than a meritless attempt to punish Inman for calling attention to his legal bullying. We called him out on this in our briefs, so it's no surprise that Carreon was left with no choice but to dismiss."

Carreon package

Carreon's care package

The photo and cartoon are now winging their way to Carreon, although it's doubtful he'll be hanging them up anywhere public – or adding Inman to his Christmas card list. ®

Application security programs and practises

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws
Only 49 politcos voted against DRIP bill
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.