I got pulled into one of these recently, the contretemps between the comic The Oatmeal and a bottomfeeding site called funnyjunk. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/techn...rticle4350216/
The Globe story has a good summary, although the drama has kept unfolding daily. I also agree with much of their analysis.
In short, The Oatmeal complained that funnyjunk was hosting Oatmeal comics without permission (true), and did it in a silly illustrated way. A year later, funnyjunk's lawyer claimed they had been libelled and demanded $20k. There *are* interesting legal opinions on either side, but this devolved quickly into self-destructively stupid litigious behaviour from funnyjunk and their lawyer. The details are left for the interested reader to Google.
The Oatmeal decided they would raise the $20k online, send a photo to the lawyer, and then donate it to charity. They landed the $20k within an hour and closed yesterday with $211k. I pitched in a few, mostly for the pleasure of helping stick it to a jerk. And, probably, for the pleasure of being a part of something. I've spent more for less happiness.
So, while I was not at all moved to send money to the bus supervisor, a different campaign did capture my attention and struck me as a good way to spend my lunch money that day. OK. A week's lunch money.
Yours in peanut butter sammiches,