Saturday, June 16, 2012

I absolutely adore the internet sometimes.

If you're not familiar with The Oatmeal, you should be.  He makes absolutely hilarious geeky comics.

Last year, the author of The Oatmeal blogged about hundreds of his comics being hosted on, a site that lets users upload material, and makes advertising revenue off of the traffic.  Funnyjunk retaliated by pulling some of his content, having their users spam him with hate mail, and basically being douches about the whole thing.  Apparently, now, a year later, they had a lawyer send him a letter trying to extort him out of $20,000, plus make him remove his post where he accused them of profiting off of content stolen from him and other artists (which they totally do, but that must be beside the point).  Seriously.

Because The Oatmeal is so awesome, instead of hiring a lawyer to privately tell them to fuck off, he posted the lawyer's letter, edited it to point out all the flaws in his reasoning, and verbally emasculated the lawyer and  He then said that instead of caving to their threats, he would instead try to raise $20,000, photograph it, send the photo of the money with a drawing of FJ's mother being seduced by a bear, then send the money to two charities.  Last I checked, instead of twenty grand, he's up to $173,000.

That should be the end of it, right?  Obviously, people sympathize with him, realize what jerks funnyjunk and their lawyer are, and funnyjunk probably wouldn't have a case, if they were to follow through on their lawsuit.

Oh, no, it gets better.  You see, the lawyer, Charles Carreon has always billed himself as being an "internet lawyer."  i.e. somebody who should know how the internet works.  So now, he's acting all surprised that 1. he was made to look like a moron (seriously, read his letter.  He comes off as somebody who's completely clueless about how websites work,) and 2. didn't expect any sort of backlash for accepting a job from somebody who's clearly in the wrong.

Apparently, he's gotten a bunch of angry emails, and is licking his wounds.  He's even quoted in an interview as saying "I'm completely unfamiliar really with this style of responding to a legal threat — I've never really seen it before"

REALLY?  So it's ok to try to extort 20k out of somebody who's annoyed that their content is getting ripped off, but it's not ok for them to escalate your stupid demands to the public sphere?  Aww, poor little lawyer, is that not how they teach you to negotiate in law school?  You would think that somebody who specializes in internet law would be familiar with how the internet picks up causes, and forms awesome, angry mobs.  Like when anonymous found the woman in england who threw a cat into a dumpster, or when Cook's Source got caught stealing copyrighted material from various websites.  How did Charles Carreon NOT foresee this as a possibility?

Oh, he could have just stopped there in his douchiness.  But no.  In the same article, it says this of Charles Carreon; "He also explains that he believes Inman's fundraiser to be a violation of the terms of service of IndieGoGo, the website being used to collect donations, and has sent a request to disable the fundraising campaign."

Let me see if I have this whole sequence of events right.
1. Steal content from hilarious, wonderful internet comic writer.
2. Threaten to sue said comic writer for defamation when he publicly complains of your theft.
3. When said comic writer points out what a joke your threat is, try to shut down a fundraiser, depriving two deserving charities of $173k.

The administrators of funnyjunk are douchecanoes, but Charles Carreon, by trying to shut down the charitable fundraiser, is such a huge douche, he's a complete douchecraft carrier.

Want to support The Oatmeal?  You can donate to their fundraising campaign here, or you can buy his merch here.

And just in case I embedded way too many links in this post for you to click on, so you're not completely lost, read The Oatmeal's original post here.


  1. Mr. Oats does indeed have a lawyer - alluded to in his public reply. You can read his lawyer's official (badass) response here:


    Oh, the crazy just never stops. Now he's suing the owner of, the company that's hosting the fundraiser, the National Wildlife Federation, and the American Cancer Society. What a jerk.