ASSOCIATED PRESSThis past Monday, Alex Jones, founder of InfoWars and renowned conspiracy theorist, settled his copyright lawsuit with artist Matt Furie over the use of cartoon and popular internet meme “Pepe the Frog.”The conflict began when InfoWars began selling a “Make America Great Again” poster using the image of Pepe the Frog alongside Alex Jones, Donald Trump, and other prominent right-wing public figures. Matt Furie, who created the cartoon character in his 2003 comic book “Play Time,” filed the lawsuit in March 2018, alleging InfoWars had used Pepe without his authorization. Furie decided to take legal action in an attempt to reclaim the character he created. Finally, a major factor in the decision was that the InfoWars poster was created before Furie’s copyright registration of Pepe in September 2017. Though Furie was seeking $1.2 million in damages, he can now refer back to this settlement if anyone else attempts to sell products using Pepe the Frog.
Source: Forbes June 12, 2019 01:30 UTC