So this one time, The Oatmeal was getting sued.

Hey guys and gals.

One of my favorite websites is The Oatmeal. Mr. Inman has created some of the funniest comics I’ve ever read, such as “The Bobcats” and various “State of The Internet” posts. You’ve probably seen his stuff floating around Facebook, Tumblr, or other humor websites. One such website is FunnyJunk. One thing led to another, and the admin of FunnyJunk contacted a lawyer…and is suing The Oatmeal.

http://theoatmeal.com/blog/funnyjunk_letter

In 64 minutes, Inman had raised the $20,000…with extra. By the time I donated the number was over 120,000. And it’s still going up. MSN picked up the story which you can read here: http://digitallife.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/12/12187665-cartoonist-turns-lawsuit-threat-into-100k-charity-fundraiser

In the article, FunnyJunk’s lawyer states “”I really did not expect that he would marshal an army of people who would besiege my website and send me a string of obscene emails,”” This boggled my mind. Not once did Inman tell any of his readers to attack the lawyer. In fact he blocked out his contact information. But finding people on the internet is not very hard, and hoards of (justifiably) angry people wanted their voices heard. In my opinion FunnyJunk has no actual reason to sue Inman. They were stealing and using his comics. Anyone who has common sense knows that’s a very black and white issue. But we live in a world where lawsuits are a dime a dozen and suing people over dumb shit happens all of the time.

“”I don’t think that what I did was unreasonable,” Carreon says while discussing the initial demands sent to Inman.” You told the artist of the comics that are being stolen by your client that he owes–your client the thief–$20,000. I’m fairly certain the 5 year old’s I watch can see that you’re in the wrong.

“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.” You’re stopping a fundraiser for The American Cancer Society and The National Wildlife Foundation. Get off of the internet. Just get off.

Go support The Oatmeal. For the greater good.

-Lauren

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