I didn't mean forged by The Oatmeal. That would be very stupid. But how do we know who wrote it? Has anyone verified it was actually from that lawyer?
Metafilter: Hot bear hentai got me all flustered and confused.
Actually a billion meh if you're in the "copyright should not exist" camp and have an opinion on image rehosting.
Even if copyright didn't exist as a government grant, some form of it would exist as a type of common law.
Google is not the internet - it's a commercial platform with "search signals" that are regularly tweaked and discussed by Matt Cutts and others. AFAIK, SEOMoz doesn't target Duck Duck Go or Wolfram Alpha or other "pure" search engines.
Oh, come on now. It's a sexist thing to say. And it wasn't his $30,000. Sure, "cancels out" is kind of silly ("I murdered a guy, but I gave a billion dollars to charity, so I should go free!") but there are clearly upsides and downsides in this whole thing.
Matt Iman (guy behind TheOatmeal), was co-founder & original CTO of SEOMoz and left after his side project (Mingle2) blew up in popularity and was acquired.
He mentions in his departing SEOMoz blog post that the company that acquired Mingle2 wanted "to leverage my viral marketing and linkbait abilities" - back in 2007.
Fun to look at this through understanding that he's a SEO guru and viral-marketing genius.
Perfect David vs. Goliath headline, tons raised for charity so he comes out looking flawless, 3220 new inbound links for theoatmeal, etc.
Also, just to be clear I drew FJ's mother making saucy advances on the Kodiak bear, not the lawyer's. I wouldn't disrespect bears like that.
Lawyer Charles Carreon's attempt to shut down Web cartoonist The Oatmeal's taunting charitable fundraiser has been denied, according to Indiegogo, the service used to collect the money. Carreon, who threatened to sue The Oatmeal (alias Matthew Inman) for defaming FunnyJunk.com if he didn't pay Carreon $20,000, has complained that the fundraiser violated Indiegogo's terms of service.
"Charles Carreon did indeed reach out to Indiegogo with this complaint," Indiegogo told Ars in an e-mail. The company was working with its lawyer "to make sure everything was legit about the campaign," and determined it hasn't "seen any behavior to cause them to believe that this campaign doesn’t comply with their terms of service."
While that skirmish was lost, the fundraiser surged to $170,000 after just three days. Inman said he will choose two more charities in addition to the initial two among which he will divide the money. The campaign will continue on unimpeded for the 11 days that remain.
What is a commercial fundraiser for charitable purposes?
A commercial fundraiser for charitable purposes is defined as any individual, corporation, or other legal entity who for compensation does either of the following:
1. Solicits funds, assets, or property in California for charitable purposes.
2. As a result of a solicitation of funds, assets, or property in this state for charitable purposes, receives or controls the funds, assets, or property solicited for charitable purposes.
3. Employs, procures, or engages any compensated person to solicit, receive, or control funds, assets, or property for charitable purposes.
(See here for a complete definition.)
Inman is not being compensated - he's giving it all to charity. The case against Inman fails, because he doesn't meet the definition of a commercial fundraiser.
However, IndieGoGo may have a problem, as they are receiving the funds and being compensated for doing so. I can't figure out whether they are a registered commercial fundraiser, but they host lots of charitable fundraising.
But while it may look like Carreon has come to his senses, Ars called Carreon to comment, and found him declaring the lawsuit a success. "Mission Accomplished," Carreon announced on the phone with Ars.
After asking for comment on his voluntary dismissal of charges, Carreon lilted over the phone, "I'm famous, I'm notorious."
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