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    To give an update the situation Jslay and I were facing, they did finally remove all of the offending material, but it wasn't until we commented to one of their advertising sites where their admin and players frequently posted. At first they were rather indignant about the situation but once we explained that selling something created by another was most certainly a form of theft they apologized and were actually quite polite about it. They quickly removed our mods from their donation advertisements, even removing the Glass Metal mod references before asked to do so by its mod author (as only the owner of infringed upon works has the right to request a take down). I thanked them for setting things right and for me the matter is closed.

    But we as a community should certainly stay vigilant to behavior like that and let each other know when it arises.


    Personally, I think server owners should be able to provide services to donators, with services being defined purely as actions one would need to be an admin to do such as custom-coloring dinosaurs. Once you start selling items, even vanilla ones, it starts to get iffy. The ARK Dev team owns the intellectual property of everything in ARK, so only they can say if such behavior is ok or not. When modded works start getting sold, it adds another layer as the ARK Dev team owns the original material and we modders also own the derivative works.

    The site that had infringed upon Jslay and myself had very specifically listed our mods, including links to our Workshop pages. Heck, they even photoshopped out my Skull Island and Fandom Fineries logos and added their own server logo over my items. That combined with selling individual items from my mod for a buck each or bundles of my parachutes for $10, it was certainly a clear violation that required response.



    The site spezz lists above is certainly referencing modded material, but its not specifically naming the mods in question, nor is it showing art created by said mod owners. Is it ok? That's up to the ARK Devs and mod owners of the listed items (dragon saddles and armor as well as photon cannons and rifles).
    Last edited by Ertosi; 03-19-2016, 10:35 PM.

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    Bumping to keep this up and visible.

    WC;


    -WM

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    here a server making money off everyones mods http://dankbones.enjin.com/forum/m/3...ingame-bonuses this is the server IP: 209.170.149.138:17341 and the server owner is http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198019011268/ and they host provider for the server is https://www.tqhosting.com/

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    Here is the offending site/server that initially brought all of this about.

    ORP was originally offered for $10, now 'Free for a limited time'

    Ertosi's Chute skins are currently being offered for a price. You guys should keep an eye on this site for yourselves to make sure your mod's don't end up here in this situation.

    DMCA Violation notices have already been sent out. Along with Apple being contacted for the site using their logo illegally.

    PayPal Infringement notice has been sent as well on behalf of ORP.


    Ivam from Metal & Glass mod has been notified of his mod being used here as well for sale.

    http://www.arkhappens.com/
    Last edited by jslay; 03-17-2016, 05:05 PM.

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    thank you!

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