Copyright... is a bloody joke.
... or maybe it is to be understood differently in the "free world" we live in now... as in: "You have the right to copy whatever you want".
Latest episode I had with thieving dishonest people, was when James Rigg who owned Panoguide, sold it to Tourwrist. Good for him... but he sold MY WORDS to a "competing company, without asking for my permission to sell MY words. If he had asked, I might have said yes... and I might have said no. Probably the latter to be honest, since I never ever signed up on the Panoguide forums to have my words sold to ANY company. Considering that my posts in the Panoguide forum counted for a considerable over-all percentage of all forums posts, it is only fair to assume that without that percentage of posts, the forums would have been "less active" ... and therefore less valuable for a sale.
I asked the new owners to remove all my posts from the forums. That resulted in me being blocked from posting more (goes to show the level of "integrity" the new owners have). I made them aware of the fact that they were STEALING my words if they didn't PAY me for the use of my posts... they DID pay for my words, but paid the money to James Rigg, who didn't share the amount with anyone of course. Offering them to pay for my posts to keep them, didn't even generate a reply from the new owners. Making them aware that they could face a lawsuit for copyright violations, got them to throw the book at me through their legal services, threatening ME for bothering them for having stolen from me!
Me going through a lawsuit crap with an American company... fought in the American "justice" system... yeah, sure... dream on. So I offered them a way out: "Remove my name and signature from all posts I have made". Signature identifies me with my name and links to FPP/FFC. Again, this was because I never signed up on Panoguide to aid another company. They indicated they would... but they only removed my username, and left all the signatures... so it was less than impressive. Dealing with dirt will get one dirty I guess. IF I signed up there today, I would do so KNOWING that the words I'd be posting, would no longer belong to me, but to the owner of the panoguide... which is a "competing" company, and not a private individual as it used to be. Which is why I have felt no urge to return to post there.
It just goes to show that honest business practices are NOT the dish of the day for some people, and stealing is considered the only right way to do things, because it CAN be done (might makes right).... and when the thieves are made aware that their theft is not a welcome thing, they threaten to sue!
Absolute bloody madness.
I know the projects of which Terry is speaking, and I share his sentiment compeltely. The person who has lifted his design without asking for permission or even giving him an honorary credit for the original design, could have done things in a completely different way. Maybe it was done without thinking about the deeper implications... there is always that possibility... but it is difficult to stretch one's fluid imagination to such lengths. Theft is theft. Plain and simple.Borrowing something for PRIVATE display, is something I can absolutely understand and accept ... as an example of a concept... an example of packaging... but it should not be used in any business related displays or in order to generate business, using stolen designs of others, to sell one's "own" projects. That is theft. The person behind this design "lifting" is a FFC user, but apart from having purchased FFC, I have had no contact with him whatsoever. It is also outside my "jurisdiction" to hit people over their heads when something like this comes up... I am not in the role of some international police force... all I can do is to express my personal view here... and I will not be contacting the person privately over this matter. But I would understand if Terry did. Just as I would take contact to a thieving entity who'd be stealing from me (as I did in the case of the new owners of panoguide... not that anything good came out of it though).
Terry also mentions another FFC user who respectfully asked for Terry's permission and guidance... which he got. He is also a good friend of mine, a honest and good guy whose only flaw happens to be his blatant appreciation of iDevices and all things Apple
(take that last thing as a joke)
Learning from the success of others is what we should all be doing, but there is a difference when people rip designs from others and sell those without blinking an eye. They may think that it is only a button or only a bar or some such... If it was that simple, they could have come up with the concept themselves. Especially when the offending part is living in the very same town/area where Terry lives, it makes the offense even greater.... Not that anyone would ever confuse the works of regal360 with the works of the violating party due to the extreme difference in quality of the projects, website layouts etc, but that is beyond the point.
It never hurts to ask, never hurts to respect the works of others... but it does hurt when one's own works that may have taken minutes or hours or days or months... are stolen and used to float some other business, without even a hint of appreciation for the work they lifted.
Rant off, but we should all keep in mind that just because something can be done, it doesn't mean it SHOULD be done.
My destiny isn't carved in granite ...
It's written with a stick in dry sand ... on a stormy day ...