|Alma mater||Southern Oregon State College
UCLA School of Law
|Known for||The Oatmeal and FunnyJunk legal dispute, Sex.com case, internet law|
|Spouse(s)||Tara Lyn Carreon
Charles Hernan Carreon (born 1956) is an American trial attorney best known for his involvement in a legal dispute between The Oatmeal webcomic and content aggregator FunnyJunk. He currently represents individuals and companies in matters pertaining to Internet law.
Life and career
Carreon was born in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Arizona State University, but left after meeting and marrying his wife in 1974. He later earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Oregon State College and his law degree from UCLA School of Law in 1986. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1987 and the Oregon State Bar in 1993. He was admitted to the bar for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1987, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in 1995, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 2009.
After working in several Los Angeles law offices, Carreon relocated to Ashland, Oregon and worked as a Deputy District Attorney for Jackson County, Oregon. Carreon started a private practice in 1995. He incorporated a new practice in Oregon focusing on online media law in 2001, which is currently based in Tucson, Arizona.
In October 2005, Carreon was suspended by the Oregon State Bar for 60 days for the unlawful practice of law and failing to deposit or maintain client funds in trust. In September 2006, Carreon was also suspended for two years by the State Bar of California, stayed, and placed on two years of probation with an actual 60-day suspension for violating his duty to maintain client funds in trust, and for practicing without a license in Canada.
The sex.com rights case was brought after entrepreneur Gary Kremen lost control of the domain to Stephen M. Cohen. The case took six years, with a $65 million judgment awarded to Kremen in 2001. Carreon later brought a suit against Kremen over compensation for the case. In 2008, Carreon self-published his account of events as The Sex.com Chronicles through his own imprint.
Carreon represents American Buddha, which he describes as a non-profit religious organization whose director and librarian is his wife Tara Lyn Carreon. Their website hosts a library of books and movies.
In June 2012, Carreon represented FunnyJunk.com in sending a demand letter alleging defamation and requesting damages from Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal in a long-standing copyright infringement dispute. On June 14, Carreon alleged he suffered "security attacks instigated by Matt Inman".
On June 15, Carreon filed a pro se lawsuit Carreon v. Inman et al in United States District Court for the Northern District of California in Oakland against IndieGoGo, Inc., the American Cancer Society, and the National Wildlife Federation, for alleged improprieties related to an Oatmeal charity fundraiser created in response to the FunnyJunk demand. Carreon stated he planned to subpoena Twitter and Ars Technica to determine the identity of the creator of a fake Twitter account which parodied Carreon. On June 21, the Electronic Frontier Foundation announced they were joining with the lead lawyer representing Inman, stating, "This lawsuit is a blatant attempt to abuse the legal process to punish a critic." Lawyer Rebecca E. Hoffman of Bloomberg BNA said Carreon's case could "only be described as frivolity on top of frivolousness" (referring to the concept of frivolous litigation). On June 25, Carreon amended his lawsuit against Inman and the other defendants to include Kamala Harris, the state Attorney General of California. Carreon also requested a temporary restraining order to stop disbursement of the donations. Carreon filed a notice of voluntary dismissal in his suit against all parties on July 3. In July 2012, Carreon founded the website rapeutation.com and released a music video which mocks Inman. Carreon also alleges that online commentary about him constitutes a "distributed internet reputation attack". Mashable named Carreon's case first among their list of "silliest tech lawsuits ever", and InfoWorld's Robert X. Cringely wrote that Carreon's actions made him "Internet Enemy No. 1".
Carreon also indicated his interest in finding and then suing the owner of satirical site charles-carreon.com, leading Public Citizen to seek a federal declaratory judgment to protect the satirical site's owner.
In April 2013, Carreon effectively lost the battle and was ordered to pay $46,100.25 (USD) in legal fees.
In September 2013, Carreon dropped his final appeal in the case, saying "it was a dumb thing" and "I made it worse".
- "About Charles Carreon" on the CharlesCarreon.com website
- Oregon State Bar (November 2005). Charles H. Carreon OSB #93469. Oregon State Bar Bulletin
- "California Bar Journal, February 2007". Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- Staff report (February 16, 2007). Updated: One person dies in collision. Redding Record Searchlight
- Staff report. Farewell To A Good Man. Ashland Free Press
- Philipkoski, Kristen (August 4, 2000). This Sex Drama's Getting Hot. Wired
- Staff report (June 13, 2003). Six-year battle over sex.com settled. Sydney Morning Herald
- McCarthy, Kieren (2007). Sex.com: One Domain, Two Men, Twelve Years and the Brutal Battle for the Jewel in the Internet’s Crown. Quercus. ISBN 978-1-905204-66-3
- Sex.com lawsuit: Attorney List, Charles Carreon Declarations, Motion for Preliminary Injunction, Court Order Granting Preliminary Injunction
- Glasner, Joanna (March 9, 2001). Sex.com Spends Day on Trial. Wired
- Carreon, Charles (2008). The Sex.com Chronicles. 1 Prime Publishing, ISBN 9781439201015
- American Buddha Online Copyright Notice via american-buddha.com
- Penguin Group (USA) Inc. v. American Buddha, Case No. 09 CIV 00528 (S.D.N.Y.): Declaration of Charles Carreon
- Virtanen, Michael (March 24, 2011). NY court: Keep Internet copyright disputes at home. Bloomberg Businessweek
- Docket list: Penguin Group (USA) Inc. v. American Buddha, Case No. 09 CIV 00528 (S.D.N.Y.)
- Williams, Mary Elizabeth (June 12, 2012). "Internet shocker: Kindness wins". Salon. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- Inman, Matthew (June 2012). FunnyJunk is threatening to file a federal lawsuit against me unless I pay $20,000 in damages. The Oatmeal
- Carreon's website Accessed:June 14, 2012
- Thier, Dave. "Funnyjunk's Lawyer Accuses The Oatmeal of Instigating Attacks Against Him" Forbes (June 14, 2012)
- Biggs, John (June 17, 2012). Can I Sue You People? Troll Lawyer Sues The Charities The Oatmeal Supports. TechCrunch Accessed June 18, 2012
- Thier, Dave (June 18, 2012). Lawyer Charles Carreon Suing The Oatmeal, American Cancer Society and National Wildlife Federation. Forbes
- Carreon v. Inman et al via Santa Clara Law Digital Commons
- Thier, Dave (June 21, 2012). Charles Carreon Subpoeaning Ars Technica, Twitter in Oatmeal Suit. Forbes
- Electronic Frontier Foundation (June 21, 2012). EFF Will Represent The Oatmeal Creator in Fight Against Bizarre Lawsuit Targeting Critical Online Speech.
- Hoffman, Rebecca E. (June 28, 2012). He let the world know about some infringement and now he's getting sued for raising $200K for charity. Wait, what? Bloomberg BNA
- "FunnyJunk attorney ropes California Attorney General into The Oatmeal lawsuit". Ars Technica. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- Farivar, Cyrus (July 1, 2012). FunnyJunk lawyer aims to halt distribution of "BearLove" money. Ars Technica
- Electronic Frontier Foundation (July 3, 2012). Charles Carreon Drops Bogus Lawsuit Against The Oatmeal Creator.
- Vaugh, Alexa (July 3, 2012). Lawsuit against The Oatmeal comic dropped. Seattle Times
- Geuss, Megan (2012-07-04). "Carreon claims victory, drops his lawsuit against The Oatmeal et al.". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
- "A Distributed Internet Reputation Attack or, What You're Left With After You've Suffered One". Rapeutation. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
- Hutchinson, Lee. ""Rapeutation": Charles Carreon still not done with The Oatmeal". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
- McClelland, Jo (July 12, 2012). Top 9 Silliest Tech Lawsuits Ever. Mashable
- Cringely, Robert X. (July 13, 2012). FunnyJunk vs. Internet: The good guys won. InfoWorld
- Farivar, Cyrus (July 3, 2012). Former allies turn on Carreon, sue to halt his threats. Ars Technica
- Masnick, Mike (April 11, 2013). Charles Carreon Has To Pay $46K In Legal Fees. Techdirt
- Farivar, Cyrus (September 19, 2013). Charles Carreon finally quits fighting, calls Oatmeal battle “a dumb thing” Ars Technica