Not Solved Designers: What do you do when you find a forum that removed your copyright?
#71
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lorddonk Wrote:I'm fresh and new to theme-ing so I haven't encountered this yet, but I'm sure it will happen, eventually.

Since I released under the Creative Commons license, if I find it I would probably send them links to the CC license they signed up for and tell them they signed up for it. I know some people do it on accident by not uploading a custom template with a theme, or reverting them to make it compatible. So I'd start giving them the benefit of the doubt, maybe it's just because it hasn't happened to me a billion times yet.

Hopefully, that would make them scared and replace the link or use another theme.

Then, I'd go to phase two of joining their forums and posting about the situation in their own forum.

If it still happens, I would google up their username and try and find other sites they've joined. I'd send the user a PM on every account, and post in the forums about the situation, the moderators would probably at least temporary ban the person from the sites.

If it really continued, and I doubt I myself would go this far, since I released under Common Commons, I can use that binding agreement as grounds for legal action.

Good Idea, but I have something else in mind and in development. I'm fairly advanced in php now; I plan on including a theme key. When a person downloads a theme off of my portfolio site, they will receive a random theme key that they must enter before their skin will work. If at anytime I see one of my themes being used without the theme copyright, I simply delete the theme key from the database which will no-longer make the theme work. Wink It's pretty basic now so I won't be using it. Currently, anyone can practically find a way around it.
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#72
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OR a PHP tracking device lol - I was going to suggest something like yours, but you'd need a key server wouldn't you?


How about a script which does a quick call to home? (thinking of vB here for some reason)
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#73
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If I'm serious about it, yes, I would use a key server. I created/ am building a basic system that does exactly what you stated "a quick call to home." I might not use it, could get bandwidth intensive. My main concern is security and my server is as secure as it can be so I'll see how it goes.
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#74
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What software is your quick call to home based on? If PHP, I may be able to provide you with some webspace to host it,
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#75
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Yup, it's based on php and Mysql.
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#76
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This would be different for different forum software, wouldn't it? Some people encrypt their links like for wordpress, but its not hard to get around they say.

But what I am talking about is just the releasing of other peoples work without their permission. And there is no contact link on that site, there is nothing I can do even if I do want to take legal action.
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#77
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Well Audentio, we can do the best we can and hope for the best. Their's always a way around things for those advanced coders. We just try to help and prevent it as much as possible.
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#78
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Ah, I'm being kinda lenient with the copyrights and not pressing it. I want people to modify and release my themes for the community.

I don't require them to keep the copyright on anymore. If they want, they can feel free to remove it.

I am doing it for the community. Maybe if enough people start to take my themes, modify them, and release them, the community will have more and more themes. Wink
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#79
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I will always find a place to put a little thankyou to the designer of the theme somewhere on my site.

I kinda now need a "a quick call to home" script for other projects as well. Anyone know how to make one?
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ct2k7 Wrote:I will always find a place to put a little thankyou to the designer of the theme somewhere on my site.

I kinda now need a "a quick call to home" script for other projects as well. Anyone know how to make one?

Once I finish the script I can send a copy over to you. However, There are no guarantees on when it's finished. I have a huge project I'm working on that's consuming most of my time.
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