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#1 Spanner

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 05:49 PM

Considering that we've recently had to deal with a few hacks that had blantantly ripped content from other hacks, it would be a good idea to remind everyone of this particular rule:

POLICY ON STOLEN CONTENT

Sometimes, there are users who post hacks, fan games and any other project with content that does not belong to them. This is a serious offence and will result in an instant ban. If you are suspicious of any content and believe that their work is actually somebody else's (such as content being directly ripped from another hack), please inform the staff using the Report button and it will be dealt with.


People who have worked hard on their own hacks do not appreciate their own work (art, layouts, music, code, etc) being stolen for other hacks, regardless if the content has been replaced in a new version of their hack, or if the hack has been discontinued.

Whilst some people do make some content available to the public, not everything is available. For example, the SSRG Splash Screen can only be used by Pro Users and above; some of Selbi's guides are only given by request. You need to realise that not everything can be made freely available, and you should respect that instead of getting stuff off dodgy websites.

Anyone who has a concern of a hack needs to contact the staff about it. There is the report button, and some staff are also available on IRC. The SSRG does not tolerate any productions with stolen content.
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#2 Irixion

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 06:47 PM

Well, you can't really stop people from coding, and making their own SSRG art, although yeah we don't wanna see shitty palette hack or fan character with SSRG splash screen. Good idea to remind people though that stealing isn't cool, and that if you don't know the origin of content then you shouldn't be using it. Just my two cents!
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#3 redhotsonic

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 08:53 PM

or fan character with SSRG splash screen.


That's me out then.
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#4 SuperEgg

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:27 PM

or fan character with SSRG splash screen.


That's me out then.


I think he means bad fan characters.
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#5 redhotsonic

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:04 PM


or fan character with SSRG splash screen.


That's me out then.


I think he means bad fan characters.


I know, I was messing =P

I'm allowed to use the SSRG screen
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#6 Kensou

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:05 AM

People don't respect the work of others. Even the new Sonic Megamix version is filtrated over the net and some people are distributing it... It's a shame but the people are like this.
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#7 MarkeyJester

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 03:28 PM

yeah we don't wanna see shitty palette hack or fan character


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#8 OrdosAlpha

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 05:18 PM

Pana ain't shitty though.
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#9 TheEchidna

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 05:57 PM

Absolutely yes, Ordos. But I must tell you guys that Sonic 1 Harder Levels is using the SSRG screen and I'm not in the staff or the pro-users group, but the screen permission had given to me by QJimbo when he was a administrator, and S1HL is a SSRG's hosted project. So I hope to don't have problem for me to keep using it.
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#10 Irixion

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:48 PM

yeah we don't wanna see shitty palette hack or fan character


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Oh you know I'd bend over for you any time.

In any case I think the rule applies only to hacks that are, to be blunt, garbage. I mean we all had garbage hacks when we first started, so.
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#11 favsis

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 07:43 AM

And if the content (in this case, an art) has been found, for example, in Google, and the hack's developer didn't know that he can't be used?
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#12 Irixion

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:57 PM

You shouldn't be searching things on Google anyway. It's simple. Find out the source before you use something. It's YOUR responsibility. If you don't know the source, then DON'T use it.
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#13 Ravenfreak

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 05:09 PM

Honestly, you shouldn't use art you found online, especially now days with hacking content being stolen. :
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#14 SuperEgg

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 10:22 PM

The fact you are going to Google for code is sad enough to begin with. Seriously man, why would you do that? It takes more effort to find the damn code than it is to just do it yourself.
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#15 redhotsonic

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 10:46 PM

The fact you are going to Google for code is sad enough to begin with. Seriously man, why would you do that? It takes more effort to find the damn code than it is to just do it yourself.


They're talkin' about using Google for art, not code.
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#16 MarkeyJester

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:57 PM

I use google for art searching a lot, I have a look through google images, looking at real life pictures, all for inspiration. I just want to put it out there that the use of google should not be discouraged, but rather "what" you search for should be.

Those whose hacks have stolen art and that have searched for this art, have most probably included key words such as "Sonic" "Mega Drive" "Genesis" "Retro" "hack" or even Sonic specific game names, hence why they end up being led to other hack artwork. These are the people who are less likely to think outside the box, and search for something in a completely different context to Sonic related art (i.e. less eccentric/more common). The main point is, there is a reason, they just don't understand, they lack the maturity, respect and understanding we have, which makes sense considering most of them are very young aged, and often don't care about anything except making their own Sonic game. As minors go, having the chance to change a Sonic game is a dream come true to them, so much so, that the terms respect, quality, professionalism and directability doesn't occur in their minds (too excited to care basically).

Those with the stereotype I have just explained have no business on these forums, call us strict by all means, but that's why these forums and our community flows so well, and why SSRG has improved over the past year or two, we have a culture here, a family, a group, and I don't think we're about to accept stolen content unless what it was stolen for is something so surreal, that it proves the "stolee" (if you will) is mature and can follow the other rules (or hell even improve on them in the future).

To be blunt, if what it was stolen for is a piece of shit, then it is likely they aren't mature enough for these forums yet.
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#17 rika_chou

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:54 AM

Finally I see some of my stuff stolen. Megamix usually gets all the love. :wub:
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#18 MASTERestlib

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 05:47 PM

Confession: In a really old hack of mine, in the very early versions. The level select used megamix' font. After tweaker said that i couldnt use it, i modified it so that it looked nothing like the megamix font. The hack is now dead and done for.

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