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Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
Correct me if I'm wrong, but this looks like more a case of re-using images that have been used by members in ATS threads.
If you've created those images as original pieces of art, then there may be cause for action.
However, most of these seem to be modifications of public domain imagery... while the ethics are certainly in question, there legal standing is exceptionally tenuous at best.
We have well-established legal recourse when your entire post is taken and reproduced without permission with attribution and often claimed as someone else's work. And that type of plagiarism is indeed where we've focused our efforts in the past. Unfortunately, these images are a much more difficult proposition.
In the future, if you created modifications of public-domain images such as these to illustrate your point in a post, it might make sense to at least watermark them with your ATS username, image source, and date of creation.
Thank you mate. It seems that we have to be prepared to be plagiarised for every single effort that we put here. Well, i have nothing to add. Mods please close this thread.
Originally posted by AGENT_T
reply to post by Blanka09
Wow.. A very conspicuously prepared post from some-one on their first day here..
People take their hard work seriously here and while copyright of these particular images are indeed in question,it is annoying to find someone has stolen your research without credit.
As someone who changed career due to a professional plagiarist it particularly annoys me.
From what i've seen, i feel ATS is only filled with the most pompus, arrogant, and snooty of people. Every time i turn around it seems as if someones trying to snub their nose at you.
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Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
recently a reasonably active UFO blog was using a highly-popular photo that was unique to ATS. Rather than simply link to the source as specified in our usage guidelines, they removed it. Some time ago, an "up and coming" podcast aggregator literally copied all our podcasts to their servers, and delivered them without attribution, links, or mention of ATS. Rather than provide appropriate links and deliver the podcasts off our servers and feeds, they choose to remove them.
Originally posted by scientist
So now that some quality content is actually getting out there, those complaints must be silenced... but new ones pop up!
It seems like having someone copy all the podcasts to their own server and host them would take a huge load off the server, while still getting the message out.
It just seems to counter-intuitive to what a forum is all about! It's about posting ideas, and occasionally convincing someone of your stance, or at least giving light to a new perspective that wasn't there before.
It seems the greater harm is in suppressing that information,