Eric Bauman, Founder, eBaulm's World

July 10, 2006

For years, Ebaulm's World has stolen everything from images to Flash Movies. He has done so quite blatantly. Most content on the website is taken from other sources without permission and rebranded with the eBaum's World logo.

Sadly enough, the site, which is owned by Rochester, New York, native Eric "eBaum" Bauman ranks in the top 500 sites on the Internet according to Alexa. It is co-owned by Eric's secretary and father Neil Bauman.

As for controversy, eBaum's World has garnered significant controversy in many Internet communities over the years due to numerous accusations of content being taken from other sites without attribution, especially from websites such as YTMND, Something Awful, Albino Blacksheep and Newgrounds.

Companies such as Viacom, 20th Century Fox, and Sega have all claimed that Eric and Neil Bauman have infringed on their copyrights. Eric Bauman denies critics' claims that the site's content is stolen, citing research done by site editors and the consent form that must accompany uploads of material.

He claims to honor all requests to remove unauthorized material, but this is contested by some content creators. In particular, web artist and animator Jonti Picking, ("Weebl", creator of the Badger Badger Badger animations) was only able to have his animations removed at the beginning of 2006. Bauman has claimed that he formerly worked with Picking, though Picking has stated that this is false.

The main fact is that me must stop him. Signing this petition could mean him finally giving it up.

Attention Eric Bauman:

For years, your site has stolen numerous items, including Photos and Flash Movies. As a fellow Flash artist, I must insist that you stop stealing. Artists work hard to make quality movies, and you slap your logo on it and say they "gave you permission to", which 90% percent of the time you don't.

We, as a community, wish for you to stop, or we will take greater action, such as boycott or lawsuits.

The Community

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