what do you do when someone decompiles your map and releases it themselves?

Discussion in 'Mapping Questions & Discussion' started by Ezekel, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. Ezekel

    Ezekel L11: Posh Member

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    so i was checking the tf2map stats to see how my maps were doing (yeh i was bored at the time). anyway i was surprised to see a "dm_autumn_twilight_b1a" come up.
    http://www.tf2stats.net/map_search/?map=*autumn*
    someone's decompiled the map and recompiled the map as a DM...


    i trawled the net and found their website:
    http://melee-it.ru/

    unfortunately i don't speak russian so i have no idea what to do about this...
    anyone know any russian by any chance?



    what would you guys do if something like this happened to you???
     
  2. J4CK8

    J4CK8 L11: Posh Member

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    First off, is it the exact same map? I'm assuming it is due to the name being not very common. Secondly, you can't do a lot but use a translator and tell the author it is your map. If they haven't credited you for it, then either ask them to credit you, or remove it.
     
  3. FaTony

    FaTony Banned

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    They have 1 melee only server and closed forum. So don't care about it.
     
  4. Zeewier

    Zeewier L9: Fashionable Member

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    Always release your maps under a Creative Commons licence :).

    That's more or less what I learned at the university this week :p
     
  5. Terr

    aa Terr Cranky Coder

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    I think the only real recourse is shaming.
     
  6. lana

    aa lana Currently On: ?????

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  7. Ezekel

    Ezekel L11: Posh Member

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    thanks for the translation... can't find anything that'd help though, as far as i can tell they'd just ignore me if i were to say anything :( :(

    leetle people are tiny man! as heavy would say



    i'm offically unhappy/sad now :(
     
  8. Sgt Frag

    Sgt Frag L14: Epic Member

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    Yeah, I had someone selling 'map discs' for another game, he was selling maps, textures and models by myself and other mappers for $20 when we had alot of free DL sites already.

    We sent a group cease and disist email, he stopped.
     
  9. The Political Gamer

    aa The Political Gamer

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    :facepalm: Thats just not right.
     
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  10. Penguin

    aa Penguin Clinically Diagnosed with Small Mapper's Syndrome

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    What do you do?

    Decompile their face.


    With a hammer.
     
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  11. fubarFX

    aa fubarFX The "raw" in "nodraw"

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    break it down! oh STOP! Hammer Time

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ2ZFVx6A4Q"]YouTube - Mc Hammer can't touch this[/nomedia]
     
  12. Dr. ROCKZO

    Dr. ROCKZO L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    Well, unless you have their permission and they've said that it's your map originally, It's definitely wrong.
     
  13. Terr

    aa Terr Cranky Coder

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    Don't be silly... Everyone knows for maximum evil retaliation you need to be carving something up...
     
  14. UFO

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    I know these guys a bit. It's a small community with small server and small maps. The only thing they're famous for is machinima [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5zYw40btw4"]YouTube - Sliders: Depthwards [TF2 Machinima][/ame]. They main difference of thier server is melee-only mode. Also they make treir own minigames, like hide-and-seek, pyroball, etc. They've spent Best Custom Maps Weeks twice.

    If you see their server's map list, you can also find DM versions of koth_moonshine_v2, arena_storm_b1c and Harvest (I don't even mention DM versions of Valve maps).

    They do not release decompiled maps as thier own, they do not try to appropriate remade maps to them (they don't even try to get money for them :D ).

    So, if I knew that someone decompiled my map and released it himselves, but only in the way these guys do, I would do nothing.
     
  15. Blue552

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    Business degree? >.>
     
  16. A Boojum Snark

    aa A Boojum Snark Toraipoddodezain Mazahabado

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    It's still highly disrespectful to do such a thing.
     
  17. Ezekel

    Ezekel L11: Posh Member

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    why on earth would i need their permission for anything?????????????


    and i'm still unhappy about this.. since no one even asked me. it just feels wrong to have someone take something i worked on and turn it into something i never intended for it to be in teh 1st place...

    also i'm pretty sure that pyroball originated from the voogru servers
     
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  18. bouncy_ninja

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    As wrong that is - my recommendation is to recompile your map as they have - DM - and send it to them - they will most likely remove their chop shop one and use yours - and it'll probably make them very happy and you get to take the credit you deserve, they might have asked you to make an edited DM for them but they probably thought there would be to hard to contact you.

    reminds me of what Gabe said about the Russian piracy market - more or less the pirates were doing a better job of distributing the games then the Publisher! and that why the piracy rate is so high there, but now with steam it's much better. It's all about whats the easiest way, - sad as it is.

    I was once request to my a knife arena version of a FY map i made, so i did. Smiles all round