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Webcomic writer raises money for charity in response to ridiculous lawsuit

Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal refuses to pay $20,000 to a website that hosted his unlicensed comics

Drawing by The Oatmeal

Matthew Inman, the twisted, brilliant mind behind the webcomic The Oatmeal (see here and here to get an idea if you’re unfamiliar), has come up with perhaps the most twisted and brilliant response to a lawsuit ever: raising $100,000 for charity.

If this doesn’t make any sense, perhaps it’s because the lawsuit itself doesn’t make much sense either. It all began when Inman discovered that the website was reposting his comics, without attribution, and making advertising money from them. He wrote a post about this, and Funnyjunk responded by emailing its users saying that The Oatmeal had threatened it with a lawsuit.

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