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Posts Tagged ‘Matthew Inman’

TheOatmeal.com Turns Attempted Shakedown Into Charity Fundraiser

Imagine a website uses your copyrighted material without permission or attribution, refuses to remove all your work after you complain, and encourages their users to troll you. You might be tempted to sue, but you wouldn’t expect to get sued, right?

But that’s what FunnyJunk.com did to Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal. Because Inman wrote a blog post complaining about his copyrighted work being posted on FunnyJunk, the humor website is threatening to sue him for slander. Their lawyer sent a letter demanding $20,000 in damages. Inman, naturally, created a webcomic out of it. A (properly attributed) excerpt:

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Yahoo’s Content Strategy, The Comic

Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal breaks it down for us. The comic below is from Inman’s highly educational This Is The Web Right Now series, which also shares insights on Google +, Instagram, and Valve.

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