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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:55 am    Post subject: Leeched Modifications Reply with quote

I have started this thread so you can
report any mods you made being found
on other sites with somebody else
claiming authorship.

I will start the ball rolling by showing
an Unlimited View Distance mod
reportedly made by Patrikstar666
from a site called mafiamods.com



The top image is a screenshot from our own downloads
of my Optimized Mafia.

I downloaded the one from mafiamods.com and opened up the readme
as you can see all this person has done is to remove my username.

If you too have found mods falsely hosted please
report here.. btw this is for mods that are primarily
hosted on Mafia Scene.

There is not much I guess can be done but to contact
the moderators for sites and politely request they acknowledge
authorship or that they remove said files from their site.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:48 am    Post subject: Leeched Modifications Reply with quote

This is something important to look into, no matter what mod of what size.
I'm all too familiar with scumbags like this who blatantly ripped my name off something that I made and claimed it to be theirs. In pretty much all occasions, contacting the administrator of the site with a friendly email did the trick, usually resulting in the offending content being removed and the associated account being permabanned. So my advice is, contact mafiamods to request a removal and provide whatever evidence you have of its origin. The fact that you are an admin of this website should usually be enough insurance to grant you some credibility, should they have any doubts.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:10 pm    Post subject: Leeched Modifications Reply with quote

mafiamods.com originally was started by
one of our former members who was also
a former admin from the days of our former
site lostheaven[dot][co][dot][uk]

For a while we worked together with them, but
then rivalry set in. Whether this site is the return
of Mafia Mods I have no idea.

There is no indication of who the admins are
and no option to contact who is in charge.
Tbth it looks rather suspicious to me as
there are no rules for the site whatsoever
-take a look for yourself
mafiamods.com

if you look through the mods for Mafia CoLH
you will also find Water Shader Mod by Mr F
on there a certain worm called Raider199 is
claiming authorship. Unfortunately Mr F has
not re-registered on MS so I can't contact
him to notify about this.. If anyone knows
Mr F and is in contact please tell him about
this:
Water Shader Mod on mafiamods.com
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:20 am    Post subject: Leeched Modifications Reply with quote

That website does indeed look quite isolated regarding any contact info. However, I came past this address: admin@vgmods.net
The site seems to be part of a chain of modding sites, all hosted by VG mods, but individually managed by whoever wanted to take charge. I guess if you contact them and explain the situation, they might forward it to the admin in charge. So even though it is/was run by a former staff member of MS, VG mods apparently holds the real ownership.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:07 pm    Post subject: Leeched Modifications Reply with quote

I have sent an email requesting the removal
of UDD Mod which incidentally is actually the
name of the patch created by GOLOD55 -
I acknowledged the use of the UDD patch
to GOLOD55 and he had no problem when
I made Optimized Mafia back in 2007.

Anyway here is what I said; and no I did
not use any colourful language or *expletive deleteds* Laughing

Quote:
You have a file on your site called Unlimited View Distance mod
reportedly made by Patrikstar666.

This person did NOT make this and I know because I am
the original author; the mod is known as Optimized Mafia
and was only allowed for download from mafiascene.com

I am Muggy one of the head admins for mafiascene and I am asking
you please to take this mod down from

https://mafiamods.com/mods/unlimited-view-distance/

I downloaded it from your site to check if it was mine and
found that the readme from the file was exactly word for
word identical to the readme for Optimized Mafia
and NO I have not edited my readme to add my username
Muggy because the readme is from 2007. The only difference
in the readme's are my username has been removed.

I hope you can assist me with this and that you will cooperate
accordingly.

Thanks

Tim (a.k.a. Muggy Admin Mafia Scene)


Now I wait.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:06 am    Post subject: Leeched Modifications Reply with quote

Well that was quick and a result
I received an email in the
evening yesterday.

Quote:
Subject: Re: Unlimited View Distance
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:41:10 +0100
From: Amit Shah
To: TimC

Hi Tim,

Thanks for emailing i have unpublished the mod now, feel free to upload this mod yourself.

Amit


and indeed the mod has been removed.

Now back to the reason for this topic - again, if
any of you mod creators have found mods by
bogus/fake authors on mod sites that have been
leeched tell us about it and if you're not sure how
to go about dealing with anything regarding this;
perhaps someone here can assist you in some way
i.e. how to contact admins for the site in question.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:16 am    Post subject: Leeched Modifications Reply with quote

I know the DMCA can be a bane for us content creators, but it can also be of some benefit to us assuming that the site abides by that law and thus has a DMCA policy of some sort. Heh, even sites that facilitate piracy like torrent trackers do have one and would comply if a publisher takes umbrage at their works being uploaded illicitly.
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