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Last year, Furie alleged that Infowars was responsible for copyright violation over a stylized poster sold on the Infowars website created by a third party which featured a small depiction of the cartoon frog that became a mascot for the Trump campaign during 2016.
The judge in the case ruled that Furie wouldn’t be expected to obtain anything more than $14,000 in legal fees, so Furie’s lawyers sought a settlement of just $15,000.
Although the media attempted to hype the case by accusing Alex Jones of contributing to the notion of the Pepe meme as a symbol of white supremacy, the cartoon frog was actually just a small part of the original poster, which featured numerous other iconic images linked to the 2016 Trump campaign.
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.
The Pepe creator and his legal team – Hillary Clinton’s law firm – were looking for a jury trial and over $2 million dollars in damage, but ended up with a relatively tiny settlement. Jones also saved hundreds of thousands in potential legal fees.
According to lawyer Robert Barnes, acting on behalf of Free Speech Systems, Furie “may have spent over a million in legal fees,” rendering the eventual outcome a huge defeat for the Pepe creator.
Furie’s argument was probably not helped by the fact that in a 2015 interview with the Daily Dot about Pepe the Frog, he openly invited anyone to “profit off of” his creation.
InfoWars has published its own account of Alex Jones' interaction with Texas state police on Monday night, and it differs markedly from the story published by the Statesman.
According to InfoWars, Jones has been cleared of the DWI charge after blowing less than a 0.08 - the Texas legal limit. Jones was pulled over in Travis County while driving "45 mph in a 40-mph zone" and admitted to consuming a small amount of sake at a Japanese restaurant, where he had eaten dinner with his wife earlier that evening.
Interestingly enough, the Austin Statesman article reporting Jones's arrest was updated shortly after publication to clarify that Jones did blow below the legal limit. The reasons for his arrest are not made clear in the article.
Jones had a blood alcohol level of 0.076 at 11:55 p.m. and a level of 0.079 at 11:59 p.m. The legal blood alcohol limit while driving in Texas is 0.08.
InfoWars claimed that Travis County has been criticized for its low number of DWI arrests recently, and in response, police have been setting up 'dragnets'. However, InfoWars doesn't mention anything about having proof that Jones was caught up in a dragnet specifically, a bump in enforcement would certainly explain why somebody going 5 mph over the speed limit might be pulled over if there are no other obvious infractions being committed.
Jones claimed that the officer who arrested him appeared to be a rookie and couldn't properly administer the 'stand on one leg' test.
"It was quite the experience to see what was going on in this country and to experience it myself," Jones said Tuesday on his show.
InfoWars added that the company is "confident" the charges against Jones will be dropped.