new pirate site for master skins

Monday, July 19, 2010 by Vampothika | Discussion: Community

I cant give the name of the site obviosly, but im sick to death of trying to get rid of this site and trying to deal with

the people who own the sites where the download links are found to disable downloading master skins.

yes, just about every master skin is on this site, why cant we shut this place down?

and why are people on that site asking ME to leave and not vice versa.  I registered on that site just so I could

make a stand and say something about my fire starter skin being on that site, and other master skins as well.

 But all ive recieved back is comments like

: well its free so why should we buy it?

:maybe you should leave the site, your getting too upset over this

: oh im poor so i cant afford to buy it.

: my skin isnt good enough to be sold as a master skin, thats why its being porned off free on that sight

: and last, shutting down that site wont give me any sales at wincustomize.

Nothing but arrogance, nice hey? Acording to them, its just tuff toblerones and we just have to put up with it,

the site they say is open to everyone, and maybe I should download stuff too? no thanks. im not that kind

of person.

 

 

Can we PLEASE have something done about this site?

 

Kitty.

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Vampothika
Reply #1 Monday, July 19, 2010 10:28 PM

and this attitude wasnt just directed at me, these people feel this way about every master skin, they feel that they deserve

to download it for free and we are just the chumps who either create it or put up with it.

I think its wrong. If masters want the name of this site, i will be more than happy to pm the name to you, after all your skins are

on this site being flogged off for nothing.

 

and if anyone knows how to disable the links to download these skins, let me know, because I have had no

success what so ever contacting them.

RedneckDude
Reply #2 Monday, July 19, 2010 10:28 PM

Kitty, is my stuff there, or is it just master skins?

Just asking. I'd like to know if someone is ripping my work.

Vampothika
Reply #3 Monday, July 19, 2010 10:33 PM

sorry mate its only master skins and also wincustomize subscriber skins.

Scrofulous1
Reply #4 Monday, July 19, 2010 10:43 PM

Edit

G3mpi3
Reply #5 Monday, July 19, 2010 10:50 PM

The artists who create these master skins deserve something back for their hard work and dedication. It makes me sick that people always try to cheat and dodge paying for things............especially when master skins are usually only a couple bucks. I mean c'mon, a few bucks isn't going to hurt you. Show some respect for these artists.

I'm sorry Kitty, and I hope that site goes down.

Vampothika
Reply #6 Monday, July 19, 2010 11:00 PM

well i would like some support from wincustomize mods on this issue, we are talking about major master skinners here:

z71

essorant

jjying

i r braniac

vstyler

adni

mike bryant

treetog

and possibly more!

 please help us remove this site!!!!!

Philly0381
Reply #7 Tuesday, July 20, 2010 12:08 AM

Vampothika if you haven't yet you need to email or PM Island Dog or Jafo and give them as much information as possible about the site. 

I'm sure you know it will be up to the individual skinners to contact the site to get thier skins removed if they have not uploaded or given permission for them to be uploaded.  Not sure if the skinners will see this thread so you might consider emailing or PM'ing them with the information.

Good catch by the way.

 

EDIT: I PM'd Jafo in IRC so hopefully he gets a hold of you.

 

Vampothika
Reply #8 Tuesday, July 20, 2010 12:11 AM

ive already done this

Philly0381
Reply #9 Tuesday, July 20, 2010 12:14 AM

Vampothika
ive already done this

Good.

Vampothika
Reply #10 Tuesday, July 20, 2010 2:37 AM

I forgot to mention 20f3, your skin is there as well "stratos"

Mr Pauls's infinity skin is there too.

 

all of the master skins and subscriber skins is 15 pages long, now that is ALOT of skins.

and yes they are giving me a very hard time over there, still insisting that it is somehow their god given right to download our skins

for free.

 

Lets do something about this.

 

Vampothika
Reply #11 Tuesday, July 20, 2010 2:51 AM

Philly0381
Vampothika if you haven't yet you need to email or PM Island Dog or Jafo and give them as much information as possible about the site. 

I'm sure you know it will be up to the individual skinners to contact the site to get thier skins removed if they have not uploaded or given permission for them to be uploaded.  Not sure if the skinners will see this thread so you might consider emailing or PM'ing them with the information.

Good catch by the way.

 

EDIT: I PM'd Jafo in IRC so hopefully he gets a hold of you.

 

 

I have tried to contact them myself to remove my skin, ive had no reply , im very upset about this....

thats why I want the mods to step in and help us...  and its not one of those unreachable or untouchable sites in china either, im pretty sure its an american site. all english, no chinese, no russian ect if you get my drift.

Vampothika
Reply #12 Tuesday, July 20, 2010 4:55 AM

I have been doing some research on line into some of these pirate sites and I have found out that with my colours, stardock uses some kind of registration code and the pirates cannot use the theme with theme manager 2.0

But with the free theme manager I think they can, but still have issues opening the skin or something, they were all trying to crack the wba. file LOL

My question is, if my colours can come with a registration code, why cant our master skins have one?

 

kitty xx

Jafo
Reply #13 Tuesday, July 20, 2010 7:52 AM

Kitty....

Not all the issues we encounter are offsite.  I get pre-occupied with Local issues, but I hadn't ignored your PM...infact your link gave me a 404...so I sidelind it thinking the site was down or your skin was gone.

PM me with 'working' links and I'll see if I can get some movement.

Remember..in the meantime it's primarily the role of the IP holder to pursue his/her property as they are the legal owners and thus can 'request' removal with the authority of ownership.

Third parties are always at a loss when they first need to determine [from the IP owner] that the problem site was never given permission to distribute....and that there was/is an actual copyright issue.

In the meantime...

https://forums.wincustomize.com/370505 

'Formal' DMCA Removal/request form.

LightStar
Reply #14 Tuesday, July 20, 2010 9:09 AM

Jafo,

The problem is this site plain just does not care at all.  They are located in a country when there is no such thing as intellectual property rights.  I have dealt with them in the past and they will not even answer emails.  They don't even know what DCMA is, and could care less.

I did find out however that at least one of their domains is registered with a U.S. based registrar and have emailed them asking if there is anything they can do, but I doubt it.

Oh, and the only way you can contact them is to send an email from their site, but you have to be a registered member in order to do it. Who the heck wants to give their personal info to an illegal file sharing site!

Island Dog
Reply #15 Tuesday, July 20, 2010 10:14 AM

We have tried to deal with that site before, and there really isn't anything that can be done with them.

Easiest way is to send a DMCA to the actual hosting links they are posting.

 

LightStar
Reply #16 Tuesday, July 20, 2010 10:57 AM

Yeah, good luck with that everyone.  Some of the sites have no way of contacting them.

 

Thanks for the attempt ID.

Wizard1956
Reply #17 Tuesday, July 20, 2010 11:19 AM

It's too bad that sites like this don't get hit more often by the same kind of creeps that whacked a well known legit skinning site. Good sites are suffering to stay afloat while sites like these continue to flourish.

 

xinh2
Reply #18 Tuesday, July 20, 2010 11:42 AM

The remarkable thing here is that skins that go up on Wincustomize are on that site THE SAME DAY. I think it might be time to tie all (Master at least) skins into the registration system of Impulse. How hard would that be Stardockians?

And the reason these sites can flourish is they have almost no operating cost. ANY money they make from scamming you, stealing your data using their "custom script based downloaders" that install trojans, malware, etc. is free profit for them. It's truly disgusting. They rip off intellectual property which they use as bait to rip off people that want to get it for free themselves.

Island Dog
Reply #19 Tuesday, July 20, 2010 11:50 AM

The remarkable thing here is that skins that go up on Wincustomize are on that site THE SAME DAY. I think it might be time to tie all (Master at least) skins into the registration system of Impulse. How hard would that be Stardockians?

I don't think that would matter much.  Regardless of the registration system, they are still just .wba files.  Lets also remember, many master skins are sold on other sites aside from WC.

 

 

LightStar
Reply #20 Tuesday, July 20, 2010 11:59 AM

I don't think that would matter much. Regardless of the registration system, they are still just .wba files. Lets also remember, many master skins are sold on other sites aside from WC.

 

Yeah, and unfortunately it only takes on person to buy it and then give it away to the rest of the world.  Basically, it all boils down to morals, of which they have none.

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