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What It Means To Steal Content

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SourC00kie's Avatar SourC00kie
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Level 45 : Master Blob
PMC is a wonderful site to upload projects, texture packs, skins, servers and mods. Blog are included however you can't really "steal" blogs.

People upload many different submissions and about 90% of them are original, however there is that tiny 10% that is absolutely unoriginal.

Since PMC has a rank-up platform that means that people just want to be the highest level possible. (Will soon post blog about that too.) Being a very high level really means nothing, you just have more features and a higher level tag by your name. However people interpret this differently. The unoriginal content producers just want to rank up. Being a higher level to them means people "looking" up to you or "respecting" you. I don't find it that way. Level ranking just shows how many submissions you have posted and how good your submissions are. People that upload unoriginal content that looks really good but not created by them do indeed get more XP from this.

There are many different sites similar to PMC where you can upload different submissions. People on those sites that upload their content probably have no idea what PMC is. So they provide a download link or an embed code and voila. The unoriginal content providers zap that stolen project on PMC and claim it as their own.

Usually it is quite hard to figure out that a submission isn't someones, but I have created a list on how to find out if someone's content is rightfully theirs or not.

1. Look at the person's other content, if it doesn't match the quality of the unoriginal one, something isn't right.
2. Observe how quick the person uploads content. (Sometimes this tactic doesn't always work)
3. Ask other people if they think the person is unoriginal

These are just some tips on how to find out if something is unoriginal or not. I'm sure there are plenty of other tips on how to find them.

The main point is, if you ever see any type of unoriginal content, don't hesitate to report it. A Moderator will see it, review it and if needed, will remove the submission.

Thanks for your time, together we can all stop those unoriginal providers!

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08/29/2012 9:37 pm
Level 13 : Journeyman Engineer
Scoll207's Avatar
Another way to see if they have stolen it is if there is a white background behind the text. That means it has been copied and pasted onto Planet Minecraft, however this is not always the case, as some descriptions can take a while and people just copy from what they wrote on Microsoft word so they can finish it in their own time.

If anyone knows a way to remove the white background from copying from Word could they please tell me?
06/20/2012 4:56 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Droid
Hermesbird's Avatar
I know, right... This stuff really makes me mad. Especially people who steal (I've had some of my stuff stolen, too).

I hate seeing all of the same stuff around. Especially when it's reposts/bad edits.
If people really want to submit something, they could at least have the decency of starting it from scrap, or just posting a link to the original submission!
What's the satisfaction in getting diamonds and praise, if what you are being praised about isn't your work to begin with?

I just don't get these people.

I don't say I'm that original myself, I base my skins off already existing characters. But I never ever stole something, I try to make my pieces into quality work, and always credit when I take inspiration from someone's work. Why can't people do the same?
01/20/2012 1:47 pm
Level 27 : Expert Cupcake
JamesTheAwesomeDude's Avatar
If you have posted your mod somewhere else, does it count as spam to post it on PMC as well?
04/01/2012 11:11 am
Level 58 : Grandmaster Sus
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12/13/2011 5:27 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Modder
the5miners's Avatar
just wondering what could i do about this , http://hacks.games-offline.com/weapons-minecraft-181-mod/ , i did not post this and ths my post http://www.planetminecraft.com/mod/more-than-better-wepons/ , i made it, they just copied my post of the forms http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/782539-more-than-better-wepons-modloader/page__p__10150213__fromsearch__1#entry10150213 , this my mod beacause i have the updated version, check the date's, im just asking what could be done
12/05/2011 2:50 am
Level 58 : Grandmaster Pirate
(AVE(N)GER)'s Avatar
one of my stories :p

i had a person out there with an duplicate of one of my more popular skins.. they just edited a few pixels (claimed it was better) and re-uploaded it ..

he claimed i was having a fit (using less colourful words here)

and than I amazingly got a downvote on all my latest skins.. (i think they stopped as i had around 40+ submissions at the time)

gota love those people's :p
11/05/2011 2:48 pm
Level 24 : Expert Pokemon
brokenscouter's Avatar
Good call man. There is SOOO Much stuff on this website being stolen. There was a guy who took a random Batman and a Random Iron man and just gave Batman an Ironman head. Someone Complained and reported it to a moderator because he isn't an idiot.
10/25/2011 8:36 pm
Level 48 : Master Bunny
Mayz's Avatar
I Know How You Feel
It Sucks
I Once Made A map
And Posted It On Another Forum To Share But Than This Guy
Toke It And Posted it On Some Forum.
I Told him That He Copied It And I Wouldn't get Him Into Trouble if He Just Removed It
But He Said I Was lying.
I Eventually Won It Back But Knowing How Hard
You Worked On It Just To Have Some Tool Take It Sucks.
10/17/2011 11:56 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Grump
Pykes's Avatar
I had a bad situation with someone who copied a texture pack of mine, down to the last detail.

I had made a really interesting texture pack, so I wanted to start including it on other sites, but then I found my own texture pack, Mentioned in a forum on here, on a couple other sites, and even reviewed in a youtube video. All credited to someone else.
Everything's been better since then, it's credited to me now, but it really sucks to have that happen to you.
10/07/2011 10:49 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Dolphin
Zaxteratron's Avatar
If find your blog posts to be very constructive and reasonable about dealing with problems that PMC users and Minecraft players in general have to deal with. I agree with your posts, and this one is no different. I don't understand why a person would steal someone else's skin, project, texture pack or mod. They might want to feel good, but if I ever stole someone's content, I would just feel guilty all the way. I don't know how these 'thieves' would put up with the undue credit. It's especially unfair to the true creator as they don't get their credit they deserve. Leveling systems do come into this, unfortunately. I don't view levels as status, but obviously the majority of people do.
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