Wok DMCA incident

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The wok image.

In February 2014, garry received a DMCA takedown notice from a German company concerning an image of a wok, posted by GussGriswold in November 2012. After garry publicised the incident on Twitter,[1] the image was widely reposted and became a recognisable part of Facepunch culture.


A thread about the incident started by Swiket was quickly filled with wok puns and photoshops.[2] Coment made a userscript replacing every image on Facepunch with the wok,[3] while Lt_C created a 3D model of the wok for use in Garry's Mod and Source Filmmaker.[4][5]


The wok was remembered as an emoticon, contributed by d9001 during Wave 1 of The Facepunch Custom Emoticon Project.[6]


  1. Twitter - Garry Newman (Tweet) [external link]: https://twitter.com/garrynewman/status/439448121723355136
  2. General Discussion - Facepunch gets a DMCA notice: https://facepunch.com/threads/1370683
  3. General Discussion - "Facepunch gets a DMCA notice" (post #137): https://facepunch.com/threads/1370683?p=44090487#post44090487
  4. General Discussion - "Facepunch gets a DMCA notice" (post #96): https://facepunch.com/threads/1370683?p=44087479#post44087479
  5. General Discussion - "Facepunch gets a DMCA notice" (post #152): https://facepunch.com/threads/1370683?p=44091349#post44091349
  6. General Discussion - "The facepunch custom emoticon project - you want better emoticons?? Then make them yourself you little shi" (post #107): https://facepunch.com/threads/1475616?p=48181952#post48181952