Ebaumsworld Vs. The Rest of the Internet

Well, it was only a matter of time but you can’t ignore the virtual mushroom clouds on the horizon. Eric Bauman’s Ebaumsworld.com is being systematically blasted off the internet. His crime? The fact that he has time and time again swiped other people’s work and slapped his personal watermark in order to pass it off as his own. Ebaumsworld.com (in case you didn’t know) is long running website that has hosted some of the best viral videos, flash animations and the funniest pictures the web has ever known. The problem is that Eric has been less then honest at times about the sources his content and completely ignored content creators who have asked him to either remove his watermark or take down their creations.

The straw the broke the camels back was when ebaumsworld.com posted this oddly hypnotic animation of Lindsey Lohan. Originally created for the awesome site YTMND.com. After ebaumsworld ignored the requests to have, the content removed an all out ping war broke out. With not only the ytmnd.com community throwing in but also the large and tight knit communities from somethingawful.com and newgrounds.com (both groups have already had run ins with Eric before hand) throwing down to. The end result, was a total denial of service on the embaumswrold.com forums and a massive performance slowdown on the entire ebaumsworld.com website.

I for one hope the Bauman will pull his head out of his exhaust port and changes the way he gathers new content for his site. With all of the traffic he has enjoyed over the years you would think his site makes enough money (and god knows it has enough ads on it) to hire some talented animators and start making their own stuff.

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2:47 PM

I was actually part of the YTMND attack on Ebaum's forums that brought crashed the database :)

It was a great thing to see so many people comming together for a common (if petty) cause.    

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