The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman hit mainstream in a good way by raising money for cancer stemming from a ridiculous lawsuit from FunnyJunk. What impresses me is the business model of FunnyJunk as understood by Matthew and how they justify their existence by ripping original content from artists around the world.
Here’s how FunnyJunk.com’s business operates:
1). Gather funny pictures from around the internet
2). Host them on FunnyJunk.com
3). Slather them in advertising
4). If someone claims copyright infringement, throw your hands up in the air and exclaim “It was our users who uploaded your photos! We had nothing to do with it! We’re innocent!”
5). Cash six figure advertising checks from other artist’s stolen material
Last year I wrote a blog post about another website called FunnyJunk which stole a bunch of my comics and hosted them on their website without giving me credit. They apparently didn’t like my blog post and recently FunnyJunk sent me a letter stating that unless I pay them $20,000 in damages they’re going to file a federal lawsuit against me. You can view the letter along with my response here.