Tom Downey, Esq., 9Gag’s head attorney told CBS News the lawsuit is long over due and definitely winnable.
“The Reddit community has been attempting to destroy 9Gag since it first launched eight years ago,” Downey said. “Reddit will use DoS attacks on the 9Gag web server attempting to make the site crash and unviewable to it’s users. Other members of Reddit will setup fake accounts and then post images of gore, porn, and other disgusting material to our website. These extremely organized internet terrorists will then upvote the images to the top so it can be seen by anyone who visits the site. I think the most unforgivable action that Reddit does on a regular basis is steal images directly from 9Gag and put their watermark on it, claiming it to originate from Reddit. The owners and moderators of Reddit do nothing to stop this immoral and illegal activity. It is just truly sickening and hopefully this lawsuit will put an end to this unacceptable and horrendous behavior.”
“It really disgusts me what Reddit is doing to 9Gag. The internet is supposed to be a fun place where everyone is accepted. It’s not funny what the Reddit community is doing to 9Gag, it’s just plain mean.”
Long time 9Gag user Jay B Fail said he just loves using the site but says Reddit is ruining his web experience.
“I go to 9Gag to post super funny pictures of Blaine Anderson, my cat. I’ll take a picture of Blaine Anderson with a chef’s hat on and then I’ll put text on the image with something hilarious like, ‘I can haz catnip’,” Jay says while laughing. But soon Jay’s laughter turns into tears. “After posting my funny cat picture, suddenly Reddit members are on there calling me a ‘fa*got’. They say rude and inappropriate things about my mom and tell me to show my tits or get the f*ck out. I don’t even have tits and neither does Blaine Anderson. And right when I think they can’t do anything more to ruin my life, they’ll take my image and put a Reddit watermark on it,” Jay sobs. “I don’t want to live in a world where I post the most amazing photo of Blaine Anderson ever and then I’m forced to question my own sexuality.”
Steve Shand, owner of 9Gag, said he believes Reddit is just jealous of 9Gag’s success.
“It’s a well known fact that 95% of all Memes and funny images on the internet originate from 9Gag. Reddit doesn’t like this so they try and tear down our website with their childish little shenanigans. Maybe this $20 million lawsuit will shut them up,” Shand laughs.
Paul Horner, founder of Sock It Forward, a group that provides the homeless and those less fortunate with brand new socks told CBS News that he does not agree with the lawsuit.
“9Gag has taken my work on numerous occasions, Photoshopped out my name or website URL and then put their watermark on it, without giving me credit of any kind,” Horner said. “I take a lot of time to do that work, and 9Gag just goes in and stamps it like they own it. I would even be fine with that, but at least give me some kind of credit.”
Initial court proceedings of the lawsuit between 9Gag and Reddit begin February 10th at the San Diego Superior Courthouse. Condé Nast Publications, the owners of Reddit, could not be reached for comment at the time of this press release.