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#1 Posted on 13.1.06 1100.29
Reposted on: 13.1.13 1100.39
This story's about a week old and frankly I'm not the person to tell it because I've only had enough time and interest to scrape around the edges, so I'm kinda hoping if I put out the call, someone else can fill in the details.

It all started when somebody created a collage of Lindsay Lohan photos that all seemed to have the exact same facial expression and posted it over at ytmnd. You can see it here ( (CAUTION: SFW but Noisy). Now from what I gather, the GIF was lifted and placed on the ebaumsworld site and, as is their wont, no attribution or author acknowledgment was made AND, as is ALSO their wont, they put the giant "" watermark down in the corner. This pissed off the ytmnd contingent and IT WAS ON. Or something.

This is kinda where I need help. Apparently, some ytmnd members along with some Something Awful members and probably a few other places I don't even know about started standing around outside the Worldwide Ebaumsworld Headquarters - well I'm probably embellishing but angry letters were written, rather pointless legal threats made and I'm not sure what all else.

Basically things are at the point where it's amusing to people outside the process (or perhaps sad, depending on your attitude) and there's a zillion new ytmnds making fun of ebaumsworld - none of which I've seen, because I'm always afraid to click on ANY of them without making sure all the speakers the computer can use are off.

So, uh, that's the very ignorant outlines - can somebody tell me/us a little more? Also, is this as entertaining as I think it is or am I just hopelessly wrong on that front and it's really "should probably just let it die" rather than "should never let up forever?"

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#2 Posted on 13.1.06 1150.36
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Like yourself I've followed this a little bit over the past week, mostly from links a friend sent me. Here's a few, for those interested.

A flash animation from some SA folks.

Some legal threats from eBaum to the guy who runs ytmnd. In the letters linked above Bauman's father discusses the supposed trespassing at Worldwide Ebaumsworld Headquarters.
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#3 Posted on 13.1.06 1152.32
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The highlight was Neil Bauman sending a letter to Max, and Max's subsequent reply. It's probably the most amusing aspect of this entire "war," and it also contains a little more information as to the extent of the shenanigans.

Edit - PalpatineW beat me to it.

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#4 Posted on 13.1.06 1201.34
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What would REALLY be funny is if the ORIGINAL source of the Lohan photos in question filed a lawsuit against BOTH websites. Or something.
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#5 Posted on 13.1.06 1328.06
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I knew the Something Awful folks had issues with ebaum over this kind of thing before - usually the other way around.

From Wikipedia:

eBaum's World controversy

Why does knowing this stuff make me feel so "dirty"?
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#6 Posted on 13.1.06 1624.00
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A message board that I'm a member of (a spinoff of the GameFAQs board Life, the Universe and Everything) also joined in the fray, along with the original LUE and a couple of other small boards. As for me, I've been sitting back and observing, and generally laughing at the absurdity of it all.
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