New Yorker cartoonist Donna Barstow has picked a fight with Something Awful – a user forum notorious for ridicule of comics and those who make them.
From Boing Boing:
Slate cartoonist Donna Barstow railed on Monday at online forum Something Awful, whose denizens often repost her work and subject it to withering ridicule. Though one of many artists to find their work attacked online, Barstow is fighting back, demanding payment and accusing the site of copyright infringement.
“Something Awful is the most vile, hateful, racist, stealing, illegal site ever,” Barstow wrote on Twitter in a message directed at John Hendren, one of the site’s writers. “Shame on you.”
Some equate the use of Donna’s work as being fair use – a claim she rejects. She’s going full bore after the site using the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Copyright Office and the Digital Millenium Copyright Act according to Boing Boing. To get a sense as to whether you think her work (and other’s) falls under fair use, here’s a thread with much of her content and ridicule.
The whole episode has generated a lively twitter storm on the topic since Monday between Donna and fans of Something Awful. Much of it petty and mean spirited – on both sides as far as I can tell. Donna alleges in one of her tweets on Tuesday that she’s “received death threats, rape threats & calls to my work.”
Here’s a large sampling of the exchanges since Tuesday.