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Pepe has been disappeared from neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer.
The frog that became an icon of the alt-right was removed after a copyright claim by its creator, Motherboard reports.
The frog was introduced in an apolitical web cartoon by artist Matt Furie, who has sought to reclaim him from the alt-right. The Pepe character was intended to be “laid back” but was taken up by white nationalists like Richard Spencer until Furie started sending them cease and desist letters.
The Daily Stormer is a neo-Nazi website that was targeted by activists in the wake of the deadly Charlottesville rally. It originally moved to a Russian server but is now on the dark web. The site is run by neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin.
The site’s disorganization made it harder to serve the paperwork to get Pepe off the site.
“We had seen for a while that they had been using Pepe images in a few places,” one of the lawyers working on the case told Motherboard. “The problem was that they would be up and then their entire site will be down and move somewhere else and reorganize… their website moves around a bunch.”
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Harder still are the hundreds of sellers who use Amazon to peddle hateful Pepe merchandise. A recent report from the Partnership for Working Families and the Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE), a nonprofit focused on racial justice and Wall Street accountability, noted that Amazon’s storefront is a hub of racist and anti-Semitic merchandise. Many of the assorted t-shirts, pins, and ephemera featured Pepe.
“That’s what I call the whack-a-mole aspect of this work,” Tompros said. “Amazon is great about taking those down when we notify them. We’ve used their process at least 10 to 15 times. We’re going through the process now of looking at all of the things identified in the report.”
ACRE called out Amazon for even allowing such merchandise on the storefront in the first place. “I get what they’re suggesting, that Amazon can be more proactive,” Tompros said. “But from a copyright perspective [Amazon has] done a great job responding to what we’ve asked for.”
On the whole, Tompros is positive about the future of Pepe and said that Furie is happy with the progress as well. “It’s not very often that intellectual property lawyers get enlisted into an anti-Nazi campaign,” Tompros said. “But when we do, we’re ready.”