January 25, 2006

Something (Truly) Awful

Drew alerted me to a controversy I had no idea was going on, so I thought I'd pass that on to you guys. Evidently the popular site Ebaum's World has made a practice of stealing content from other sites (the Numa Numa video comes to mind) and then branding it with and Ebaum's World logo in the bottom corner. Now, it's not like I haven't posted a picture on the site without giving credit from time to time, but Ebaum's World has evidently generated quite a bit of money in advertising revenue for Eric Bauman, the site's owner and most of the content he takes is evidently from other sites which are being operated for profit so he's taking money right out of the pockets of the original sites. If that wasn't bad enough, evidently when he was asked to remove the stolen content from his site by Something Awful's Richard "Lowtax" Kyanka he not only refused, but also added code to his site which stole bandwidth from Something Awful every time someone loaded Ebaum's World.

The Wikipedia entries for Something Awful and YTMND both have more complete stories. There's also a site dedicated to the controversy which has a funny flash animation too. Something Awful also has a good news post about it.

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