Infowars was forced to pay $15,000 in a settlement to the creator of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon amphibian who had been co-opted as a meme by right-wing internet users, after selling a poster that featured the character on its website.
Pepe’s creator, Matt Furie, had brought a copyright lawsuit against Alex Jones’ website after it began selling posters that featured Pepe alongside personalities such as Milo Yiannopoulos, Roger Stone and Diamond and Silk. The victory is another step in Furie’s legal battle to reclaim his character from commercial uses that he finds objectionable.
Louis Tompros, a Boston-based lawyer who represented Furie, said that the artist was happy with the outcome of the Infowars settlement.
“From (Furie’s) perspective, the goal of this was not really about making money and certainly not about going after Alex Jones,” Tompros told The Washington Post. “The goal is to make sure the use of Pepe in association with hateful images and ideas stops, and if anybody thinks they’re going to make any money by selling Pepe hate merchandise, they won’t.”
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