Alt-right frog Pepe disappeared from neo-Nazi site after copyright claim
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.”