A dispute between artist Matt Furie
, the creator of Pepe the Frog, and the far-right conspiracy website Infowars was settled this week after it appeared to be destined for a trial
. The suit was filed last year over a poster Infowars sold in 2017 and 2018, featuring an image of Pepe the Frog alongside U.S. President Donald Trump, Infowars founder Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, and other right-wing figures. Infowars is paying Furie $15,000 and has agreed to destroy all remaining copies of the poster, which it ceased selling when the suit began.
Pepe the Frog, originally a lovable stoner frog Furie created in 2005 and later used as a character in his Boy’s Club
comic, eventually became an internet sensation before being co-opted by the self-proclaimed alt-right
during the 2016 presidential campaign, transforming the image into a symbol associated with the Trump campaign, and one used in overtly racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Muslim memes.
Infowars published a press release on Monday claiming they were paying only a “licensing fee” and that “the corporate press will undoubtedly frame this as a victory for Furie. It wasn’t. The result clearly represents a strategic victory for Alex Jones.” Meanwhile a lawyer for Furie, Louis Tompros, told
the New York Times
this view was “just incorrect,” adding: