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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 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:

Inman responded that he was going solicit $20,000 in donations from his readers, but all the troll lawyer could expect to receive was a photograph of the cash and a crude drawing of his mother. The money would be donated to charity. “Consider this my philanthropic, kind-spirited way of saying: Fuck Off,” Inman wrote.

It took 64 minutes to raise the $20,000. Donations are still pouring in. At the time of this posting, $97,723 has been raised for the National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society.

Click here to view the donation page, and maybe contribute a little cabbage to the cause.



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