One of the strangest legal cases we’ve seen in some time is now over. Charles Carreon, an attorney for the Web site FunnyJunk, has dropped his case against Seattle Web comic Matthew Inman, aka The Oatmeal.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which represented Inman, announced the dismissal today on its Web site.
“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.”
Here’s the back story for those just catching up.
Inman wasn’t too happy about FunnyJunk’s practices of allegedly posting his creative works without permission, so he took his distaste of the company’s tactics to his community by posting his true feelings on his popular Web site.
FunnyJunk shot back last month, asking Inman to pay $20,000 or face a defamation suit.
Inman responded with an online campaign dubbed “BearLove Good. Cancer Bad,” in which he promised to take a picture of the money that he raised and send it to the lawyer along with a drawing of the lawyer’s mom “seducing a Kodiak bear.”
The proceeds were to be given to the American Cancer Society and the National Wildlife Federation.
And then here’s where the story got weirder. In addition to taking on Inman, Carreon decided to sue the charities, in addition to the fundraising site Indiegogo.
The Oatmeal, with nearly a million followers on Facebook and Twitter, ended up raising more than $200,000 for the charities. In a blog post, The Oatmeal noted that he plans to follow through on his promises.
“Once the money is moved, I still plan on withdrawing $211k in cash and taking a photo to send to Charles Carreon and FunnyJunk, along with the drawing of Funnyjunk’s mother. After the photo is mailed I’ll be sending checks to the charities. I’ll also post receipts as well as public confirmations from both charities that they received every penny that was promised.”
Meanwhile, Carreon is claiming victory in the case, telling Ars Technica: “I’m famous, I’m notorious.”
Previously on GeekWire: Oh, no, now the FunnyJunk lawyer is reportedly suing The Oatmeal’s charity picks
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