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Nice Try, FunnyJunk: Indiegogo Says the Oatmeal’s Fundraiser is A-Okay

The money still goes to fight cancer and save bears.
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Not a terms of service violation. (theoatmeal.com)

Round three of The Oatmeal versus FunnyJunk isn’t looking so great for the latter.

For those just tuning in: Earlier this week, accused of defamation and faced with a demand he immediately fork over $20,000 in damages, Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise the money. However, he proposed to split it between the National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society. FunnyJunk’s lawyer then alleged that the campaign was a violation of Indiegogo’s terms of service and that he would be petitioning the crowdfunding site to remove it.

Well,  it turns out that Indiegogo does not agree with that assessment. The company just sent us the following statement:

“Indiegogo has not seen any behavior to cause us to believe that this campaign doesn’t comply with Indiegogo’s Terms of Service.”

We take that to mean that Indiegogo has no intention of removing Mr. Inman’s fundraiser, which has, as of this moment, raised a whopping $170,012.

Mr. Inman’s lawyer has also released a formal response to FunnyJunk’s charges, which is available in full on Scribd.

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