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InfoWars Settles Lawsuit, Will Pay $15,000 to ‘Pepe the Frog’ Creator

InfoWars Settles Lawsuit, Will Pay $15,000 to ‘Pepe the Frog’ Creator

Conspiracy theory outlet InfoWars agreed to pay $15,000 to the creator of the cartoon “Pepe the Frog” after settling a lawsuit over their use of Pepe’s image, The Daily Beast reports.

“Pepe the Frog” was created by cartoonist Matt Furie but was later co-opted by far-right groups during the 2016 election. Furie responded by suing numerous conservative outlets like InfoWars for illegally using the image.

Furie sued InfoWars over a poster they sold showing Pepe alongside founder Alex Jones, longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, and conservative pundits “Diamond and Silk.”

On Tuesday, InfoWars agreed to destroy all of their remaining posters, pay Furie $14,000 that they earned from the posters, and pay Furie an additional $1,000. They also agreed never to use the image again.

InfoWars declares victory:

Despite paying Furie $15,000, destroying their shirts, and vowing not to use the image again, InfoWars bragged that the settlement was a “strategic victory.”

“They would have made more money if they went and waitressed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a few months,” InfoWars attorney Robert Barnes said in a statement. “So, the Pepe trial is over. We made our point.”

Furie to donate to frog conservation group:

Furie said he will donate the extra $1,000 to the amphibian conservation group Save the Frogs.

His attorney, Louis Tompros, told The New York Times that he is ready to take other outlets to court.

"Anyone who is going to make money using Pepe as an image of hate is not something Mr. Furie has ever authorized and is not something he is going to tolerate," he said. "This was more than we would have gotten at trial, and it saves the expense of a trial.”