Plagiarism Concerns (I Would Read This if I Were You)

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Does anybody remember the Darth Balor incident? If you don’t, let me refresh your memory:

http://knightsoftheoldrepublic.filefront.com/news/Regarding_Recent_Plagiarism_and_Team_Exile_at_KotorFiles;36352

Here is the thing. We’re still getting people who are taking work from other modders and passing it as their own. In fact, we’ve had two in two days and one actually got uploaded and that mod was deleted recently. This is unacceptable. If you think for one moment you’re making a smart move to get praise and glory, I would think again. You’re looking at a long ban from this site if you do. Basically we’re cracking down and we’re cracking down hard. Ever heard of the slogan, “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.†Basically if you steal work from other modders, you’re going to do time away from this site. Enough is enough.

Here is something you should know about Emperor Devon, Darth InSidious, and me. We’ve been around the KOTOR modding community for many, many years. Let’s just say you have three staff members who have been hanging around Holowan Labs long before this site ever existed. I’ve been around it since 2004. I’ve seen my share of mods. If you think for one moment that you can upload a mod that has long since vanished and think we have forgotten that it was ever made, think again. Many, many users have paid a hefty price for making such an attempt. We’re smarter than you think.

Also I would like to remind you that we do not accept mod submissions that aren’t from the original author. If you have a mod that isn’t public anymore and you think it would be a good idea to send it in to us for the community to enjoy; don’t. It’s not your work to upload here. The best advice is to contact the original author and suggest them to upload it here. I know there are some awesome mods that vanished because PCGM crashed and burned and I would agree that those mods would have a good home here, but that doesn’t give anybody the right to send those in. Though in those cases it isn’t plagiarism (unless you decide to slap your name on the work); please don’t do it. The mod will be deleted so you’re wasting your time trying.

I hope I have made myself clear, though I’m sure others will still attempt to try it; I’m just hoping this news item will cut down the number of plagiarism attempts.

-Shem

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