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Justin Bieber Wins First Round Against “Joustin’ Beaver”

Well, this exists: Needless to say, this drew a cease-and-desist letter from Bieber's lawyers, and the company selling the app responded with a declaratory judgment action against Bieber in Florida, where it's located. It portrayed the app as a "parody…


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Polar Bears Busted

Russian police have something to learn about giving arrestees the chance for a photo op, although I’m glad they haven’t learned it yet. First they take our ice cap, now this This was one of four polar bears arrested (along…


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The Money FunnyJunk.com Isn’t Getting

In a bag In funny shapes As I think I mentioned, Carreon dismissed his lawsuit against Matt Inman (The Oatmeal) the other day when it became clear he was likely to lose. There’s a good post on the whole saga…


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Carreon v. The Oatmeal: Plaintiff Continues to Dig [Updated]

As Popehat has already covered in detail here (see also Adam Steinbaugh), Charles Carreon has again escalated his frivolous lawsuit against Matthew Inman (creator of The Oatmeal), IndieGoGo, and two charities (the American Cancer Society and the National Wildlife Foundation). This…


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Carreon v. The Oatmeal [Updated]

Here's the complaint, courtesy of Matthew Inman's lawyer, Venkat Balasubramani. Well, this is the caption. Although by filing this, the plaintiff has of course made all of his contact information public, I still feel the need to try to redact…


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The Guy Continues to Mess With The Oatmeal

Last week, I mentioned the fact that Matthew Inman, author of the hugely popular humor site The Oatmeal, had been threatened by a lawyer for a site called FunnyJunk.com after Inman dared to complain that FunnyJunk had copied and reposted many…


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Don’t Mess With The Oatmeal

Matthew Inman, who runs the hilarious and extremely popular site The Oatmeal, announced the other day that he had been threatened by a lawyer representing FunnyJunk.com over this post in which he noted that FunnyJunk had reposted hundreds of his original…



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Norwegian Legal Update

It appears to be illegal to transport reindeer in your car, even in Norway, at least without special permission. According to this report (via Dave Barry), police in Lapland noticed antlers inside a Subaru Forester, and found three live reindeer…


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Manitowoc Should Be Ashamed of This Planking Prosecution

I will admit to finding "planking" – the meme of having your picture taken while lying flat as a plank across something, and then posting it – to be both stupid and funny. To me the world needs more of…