• the creator of the smiley face got paid
only $70 and never received any
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    • He sacrificed all his joy to make it and they don't give him royalties. What a rip off.
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    • Maybe because it’s a smiley face. Real groundbreaking stuff there
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    • I dont think you can copyright a happy face
      DJ_TDI 26 jul
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    • Wrong Forest Gump came up with smile face
      hankbert 25 jul
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    • $70 for your creation to be the face of this shitty ass fucking app
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    • Finally, the CEO of IFunny
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    • "I drew the first stick figure and I only got paid $15 wtf"
      Shoopert 26 jul
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    • Ahh yes the inventor of the smile
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    • imo you shouldn’t be able to copyright something so simple as a smile.... and plus if he truly wanted royalties he should have requested them
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    • Considering how it's a simple recreation of a human emote which can be altered slightly or largely and still create an obviously different looking face, yeah I'd assume not. That's like saying the guy who made the birthday song isn't getting paid.
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    • Happy faces have been shown in cave paintings soooo
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    • It was Forest Gump
      OhOkOof 26 jul
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    • Now it's a symbol of hate and porn
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    • I'm pretty sure a smiley face existed before him
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    • People are saying that the smiley face is so unoriginal that anyone could do it so he doesn't deserve anything. But this guy made the original, nobody had made a smiley face before.
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    • He didn't want royalties. His family didn't want royalties. He made it for the people. Don't soil him like that
      KotalaGod 26 jul
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    • Yeah I don’t think he invented the smile
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    • Damn this is 😥
      Balam 26 jul
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    • He could have absolutely copyrighted that design. Not now. It's too late. But when he first drew it he could have. You'd be surprised the shit people have copyrighted.
      tweb 26 jul
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    • I funny does not spark joy lol
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    • iFunny...
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    • Ifunny: nervous sweating
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    • What the fuck?
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    • His face reads “off me plz”
      KVGE 26 jul
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    • kanep0e 28 jul
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    • Everytime someone uses the smiley emoji it takes a portion of his soul
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    • Wait till you hear about the guy who made the sad face
      druxonov 26 jul
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    • 70 dollars in 1968 is equal to 530 today 530 for 45 minutes to make something that a kid could draw in middle school is honestly pretty good
      chiefgor 26 jul
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    • IFunny is profiting off this man
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    • I would think it’d be hard to copyright something like that, but still that must suck.
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    • His smile and optimism; gone.
      KarmaMeld 26 jul
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    • Excuse me, Forrest Gump created it. I saw it in a movie.
      Heron 28 jul
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    • This is retarded you can't claim this as your own. Hey guys did you know that I was the first person to watch anime? That's right give me your money.
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    • It’s his own fault for not requesting royalties in the buyout. Whenever a business wants to buy your trademark you always always always demand a 5-8% royalty on each sale.
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    • Damn he was the first person to ever draw two dots and a line in a circle. Give him millions
      HongDong 26 jul
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    • F 😊
      batbite 27 jul
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    • What fucking retard thinks they invented the smiley face. It's literally as old as humanity possibly older.
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    • The creator of ifunny
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    • It happens
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    • People saying he couldn’t get royalties I think it would have been more on the design with the oval eyes, yellow, and dimples. Cause anyone can draw a smiley face i mean shit here :) - but it doesn’t look like that
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    • Liking this feels weird...
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    • Y’all bitch about copyrights and trade marks and then turn around and say this is an unjust tragedy
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    • Ironic that creating something that represents happiness left this man with so much sadness.
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    • Reminds me of the ifunny car decal
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    • Skrunky 27 jul
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    • People really think you can't copyright a smiley face? He created it... The company that produces milk regrets that they didnt copyright the word milk before it went main stream because they could have...
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    • Forest Gump died?!
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    • No one should be able to copyright something so simple.
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    • He agreed to sell it
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    • G_Man_ 26 jul
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    • He smiles, but in reality, he is sad. :(
      Shagon 26 jul
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    • Because he didn't want to claim anything just want to spread happiness. Said his son
      DJko 26 jul
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    • Don’t worry I’m going to IFunny headquarters to get his some money
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    • I've been on the toilet so long my ass is numb
      sfruitsko 26 jul
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    • "The smiley face was made in *insert year*" *meme of people before that year without smiling faces*
      Red9 28 jul
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    • THIS IS AMERICA
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    • Ok which is it... do you hate the rich from profiting of their ideas or are you sad for people that didn’t profit off their ideas?
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    • Nobody created the smiley face idiots. It’s literally three lines that’s ridiculous
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    • They must be referring to the guy who came up with the iconic Wal-Mart smiley face that was later removed and replaced with that * looking thing.
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    • The founder of ifunny.co
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    • So fuck I funny?
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    • Yeah that's the big blue dick of Walmart for you
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    • :)
      mcdundee 26 jul
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    • So You should fucking pay him some, @iFunny bitch!
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    • He did it for the world and he was okay with it and decided not to patent it because he wanted everyone to use it that story just makes it biased because negative news sells
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    • :(
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    • I don’t like that lady
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    • Good
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    • Probably cause his old ass died
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    • everyone can make a smiley face
      thedog12 26 jul
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    • Ohh he's trying
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    • Well, he stole it from Forrest!
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    • I thought Forrest Gump created that
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      Bright 26 jul
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    • Why do y'all want to pay him royalties everytime you send this 😊 to someone? Cause that's how royalties work
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    • It was Forrest Gump
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    • Created in Worcester Massachusetts
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    • He should at least get an award for creating one of the most recognizable symbols in the world
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    • I mean I feel you should be payed for your work but if he agreed for a 70 dollar drawing of a smiley face he won in that regard, just read your contracts
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    • Luckypatcher: yaga
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    • Dude literally got a Nobel peace prize for it
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    • You guys do realize when emojis first came out it took awhile to catch on... i can guarantee you that man works at an animation studio, he draws hundreds of random shit a day. He probably even thought why tf am i drawing a smiley face... eh its $70 who cares.
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    • 666th comment
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    • UNSMILE
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    • ceo of ifunny
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    • Commission work doesn't get you royalties
      Salduke 29 jul
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    • I mean, it was probably just *his* version of the smiley face. You cannot copyright smiley faces in general, or any image for that matter, it has to be specific and recognizable. That's why Apple couldn't sue anyone who draws an apple with a bite in it and uses it for advertisement.
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    • Ok we riot
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    • Yo someone give him a hug and a free spa day like rn 🥺😭
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    • He deserved more. Sure its just a smiley face, but its so perfect. From the clean curve of the smile to the yellow that relates to joy
      Kiriyo 29 jul
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    • He looks fuckin miserable
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