Social Media Marketing Agency, fishbat, Inc., Reacts to the Ongoing Battle Between Funnyjunk and the Oatmeal

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The Oatmeal and Funnyjunk are engaged in an ongoing battle over stolen content. The newest development in the battle is the accusation that Matthew Inman, the man behind the Oatmeal, is impersonating a charity by collection a large amount of donations.

On July 3, 2012, social media marketing agency, fishbat, Inc., weighed in on an ongoing battle regarding stolen content between two websites. The Oatmeal is a website that hosts comics and updates on a semi-regular basis. FunnyJunk is a website that allows users to upload content from around the Internet and gains web views based on this third-party content.

The newest chapter in the ongoing battle between the two sites has taken a strange turn. (3:12-cv-03112) The lawyer representing FunnyJunk, Charles Carreon, has accused Matthew Inman of impersonating a charity. When Inman was asked to pay $20,000 to FunnyJunk he instead raised $20,000 for charity. Half of the money was set to be donated to the National Wildlife Federation and the other half was going to be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Carreon feels that the 14,406 small donors deserve credit for these two donations and that by claiming the tax benefits associated with charitable donations, Inman is falsely impersonating a charity. Due to this belief Carreon is currently trying to prevent the donation from even happening (Carreon v. Inman et al;; PACER case #: 256114).

Sida Li, Social Media Director at fishbat, says, “This is an ongoing battle that seems to have taken a turn from a legitimate claim to a fight to see who will back down first. After all of the accusations it seemed like we were going to get a happy ending with $20,000 going to charity, but now even that is in jeopardy.”

fishbat, Inc. is a full service online marketing firm. Through social media management, search engine optimization (SEO), web design, and public relations, fishbat strives as a marketing firm to raise awareness about your brand and strengthen your corporate image.

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