I did not go through the entire thread, as I suspect everyone is basically saying one of a few different things. With that said, I apologize if I have
missed a mod post attempting to explain what the OP brought up.
Here is what I think. First, anyone who re-posts your creative material on another website without giving credit to you is legally accountable. Even
if they give credit to you, they should have to have your permission first. This is how it works in other areas as well, such as music. Sourcing
material is different from plagiarizing material btw.
I do not see how ATS itself has done anything wrong, UNLESS, and I am NOT accusing them of anything, but unless they are somehow responsible for the
re-posts on other sites, and/or are making money from them.
I do not suspect this to be the case, but I have been wrong in the past. I just don't think that would be something they would do.
So for those of you wondering the level of involvement, if any, by ATS staff, that could be the only thing.
As for the "censorship," I do not know. Personally I have never experienced any form of censorship on this site, but I have had a thread deleted,
which was my fault for being new and not reading the rules for posting new threads. None of my posts have been deleted to my knowledge, but I don't
check for that sort of thing at all.
I just spent ten minutes looking for any plagiarism of my posts on this site, and could not find anything, so it definitely isn't everyone. I think
it could be possible that the original authors of the posts are simply re-posting them elsewhere, but I do not know what site we are talking about
here, so I really can't say with any certainty.
I am guessing that the majority of us are in the dark in regards to the website in question, and I suppose I understand why the staff did not want the
link posted for everyone to visit...it would drive up their hit count, which would be astronomical considering the amount of users that would go there
looking for plagiarized material, which would help this site out tremendously if they are making advertising profits.
So what should we do? First, we need to establish whether or not there is a slew of plagiarism going on. It sounds like that is a possibility at this
point, but not a certainty. Second, if they are stealing content, the only option we have is to get the physical addresses of the owners of the site,
and pay them a little visit.
I'm kidding btw, and should also point out that I do not advocate violence toward anyone, especially in this case.
So if we can't beat the crap out of them, what can we do? Hire Anonymous to hack them of course. Na, that probably wouldn't work either. We should
probably let them know, as a whole, that we do not appreciate our posts being stolen, because when it comes down to it, we are a COMMUNITY, and we
need to look out for one another. We're kind of like a dysfunctional family...we may yell at each other and call each other names, when allowed to,
lol, but at the end of the day we are still family. This excludes anyone I don't like btw, like that one guy who never makes any sense.
Seriously though, what would be wrong with letting them know they are breaking the law? Of course this is only if we can prove they are ripping off
posts. Evidence should be gathered as well. Timestamped. So what do you guys and girls think?