Late Friday afternoon, the legal dustup between popular Oatmeal webcomic creator Matthew Inman and FunnyJunk lawyer Charles Carreon careened full-speed into OMGWTF territory. Mr. Inman initially launched a campaign on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to raise money for the National Wildlife Foundation and the American Cancer Society in response to a trademark complaint filed by FunnyJunk. On Friday, Mr. Carreon, who is representing FunnyJunk in the case against The Oatmeal, filed his own lawsuit against Mr. Inman, alleging that he incited “cybervandalism” and initiated an “Internet jihad.”
In the suit, Mr. Carreon alleges that Mr. Inman’s campaign unleashed a swath of cybervigilantes who have fraudulently impersonated him and harassed him. But the thing is–Mr. Carreon is also suing the charities that were unwittingly dragged into this mess, as well as Indiegogo.
As far as we know, the charities have yet to issue any statements about the fracas. But Indiegogo did have some choice words for Mr. Carreon, and they ain’t pretty. “As the largest crowdfunding platform operating in nearly 200 countries Indiegogo exists to provide crowdfunding opportunities worldwide, and a frivolous lawsuit doesn’t change Indiegogo’s commitment to this creative and popular campaign,” Indiegogo said in a statement emailed to Betabeat.
It’s impossible to identify the troll in this situation: FunnyJunk, for its laughable trademark claims; Mr. Inman, for his inspired, but immature, response; Mr. Carreon, for suing not one but two charities; or Indiegogo, for continuously responding to Mr. Carreon’s bait. It’s like a middle school boys’ locker room fight. Last one to the courtroom gets a swirly!