Copyrights removal - Ripping code, Disipal code ripped, about to close site..

Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 @ 10:27:24 PDT in Community
by Raven

PHP-Nuke community is the biggest in the world, from users who just use PHP-Nuke to designers and coders, who make a ton of addons and themes, either free or commercial. What’s my point? I am part of this community, making themes and addons, most of you know me, either from my designs, or well known module PHP-Nuke Tools.

And this is my complaint. There were always problems with people removing legal copyright of the coding, or even just copying parts of the code and called it theirs. I always gave permission of copying parts, adding my content into other modules or even porting into other systems. As long as, my copyrights remain intact, I get my sites traffic out of these copyrights as most of you do. What do I get out of this? Just helping others, and offering back all the goods that PHP-Nuke has given me?
But this is too much; recently a story was published at www.phpnuke.org "HTML To PHP Converter" by KenetixN, he did a great job with this module just like his designs, but HTML to PHP? This was part of PHP-Nuke tools from day one. He just changed its appearance a bit added a few tables, and renamed my JavaScript and just add it there. The code which took me hours to make, I wouldn’t mind if he had asked my permission and added my copyright there.

But this is unacceptable and I request some explanations on this matter. Most of you don’t care, but am sure that you all care when your copyrights are removed from your work. Its time something to be done with these people. I tried contacting him I got no answer, probably doesn’t have anything to say about his actions.

Therefore unless he removes my code from there or even asks for written permission, I will be closing www.disipal.net, because I am just bored to waste all this time to deal with people ripping of my designs and codes.

Sorry for any inconvenience but its time to take some action ....
Note:
Disipal, we here at RavenPhpScripts stand behind/with you and ask that you not close your site. We fully understand and sympathize with you. But, closing your site is not the answer. We understand discouragement - honestly. Hang in there and hopefully with the Community's backing, this will all get straightened out!
 
 
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Re: Copyrights removal - Ripping code, Disipal code ripped, about to close site.. (Score: 1)
by hireamerica on Monday, March 12, 2007 @ 16:33:23 PDT

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My own stance, which I humbly hope if fair is:
1. Original code with copyright should always be referenced as such (e.g., give credit where due!)
2. Original code which you augment with your own code should be referenced as such (e.g., give credit and take credit)

Any breach of the above should cause a communal response and the rule you break (#1 or #2) should be mentioned on community pages linking to the offense.

As always, please supply your own #3, #4, etc in like thought.

- hireamerica.us

Re: Copyrights removal - Ripping code, Disipal code ripped, about to close site.. (Score: 1)
by Gremmie
on Monday, March 12, 2007 @ 17:17:05 PDT
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PHP-Nuke add-on's etc most always have to be licensed under the GPL. Removal of others copyrights violates the GPL.

Re: Copyrights removal - Ripping code, Disipal code ripped, about to close site.. (Score: 1)
by jakec
on Monday, March 12, 2007 @ 17:49:11 PDT
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Not sure we should add links to the offense, probably the opposite. If something is identified as being copied and credit is not given remove any news from community websites which relate to this mod.

Re: Copyrights removal - Ripping code, Disipal code ripped, about to close site.. (Score: 1)
by Guardian2003
on Monday, March 12, 2007 @ 19:55:29 PDT
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Regardless of the GNU GPL license you cannot remove copyrights from the file, thats it, end of story. A copyright is exactly that.

My personal view is that if a breach of copyright has been comitted and the offender refuses to correct the issue and make a public apology then you should contact the sites host or datacenter and have them shut down - it is easier than you think.

Re: Copyrights removal - Ripping code, Disipal code ripped, about to close site.. (Score: 1)
by ozbutcher
on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 @ 11:19:33 PDT
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Spot on guardian! I agree 100%

 
 

Re: Copyrights removal - Ripping code, Disipal code ripped, about to close site.. (Score: 1)
by nextgen on Monday, March 12, 2007 @ 21:16:22 PDT

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Disciple, me being a long time supporter of your site and knowing the quality and effort you put towards your code the way you do makes me sad to know that others do not even consider to ask for permission to use your code, part or in whole. Thats the way of some folks, the easiest way is the best way and i do not think what the do end up releasing will be worth anything at all because of that exact fact. It ends up being some plastered together jumble of mess. Please find a resolution as you would be very missed.

 
 

Re: Copyrights removal - Ripping code, Disipal code ripped, about to close site.. (Score: 1)
by disipal on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 @ 16:18:30 PDT
  
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Issue has been resolved, since finally i got a reply, with his apologies and removal of my code from his module.

Thank you all for your support, and just hope that none of us in the future will have to deal with something like this again.

Re: Copyrights removal - Ripping code, Disipal code ripped, about to close site.. (Score: 1)
by nextgen
on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 @ 17:38:06 PDT
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Thats great news my friend. Would have been a big blow to the community if your site went away. We have lost quite a few good sites due to this exact same thing.

 
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