A team of WilmerHale lawyers are featured in the Sundance award–winning film Feels Good Man, which will be released widely on September 4. The film follows Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie in his quest to reclaim his work from the alt-right. Furie created Pepe’s character in the early 2000s and by 2014 it became an iconic internet meme. Shortly after, Pepe’s image started to appear in hateful depictions associated with the “alt-right,” alongside white supremacist language and symbols, among various other offensive imagery.
The documentary features WilmerHale attorneys Louis Tompros and Stephanie Lin and covers the successful pro bono copyright infringement suit WilmerHale brought on behalf of Furie against Alex Jones’s InfoWars media platform, as well as WilmerHale’s wide-ranging pro bono copyright enforcement actions against alt-right entities. The team secured a copyright victory for client Matt Furie when Alex Jones’s media outlet agreed to disgorge all its profits, and additional damages, from the unauthorized sale of a poster that featured Furie’s Pepe the Frog character.
Since premiering at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Feels Good Man, directed by Arthur Jones, went on to win a special jury award, and has been called the “most important political film of 2020.”
The film was recently featured in The American Lawyer’s Litigation Daily, read the full story. Feels Good Man will be available on major video-on-demand platforms on September 4.