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    Yet Another Blantent Ebay Rip Off - Is Your Skin Here ?

    Mine is... its the first one of these 'custom skins'. I've emailed the seller because I think this is well out of order that hes charging for our work which I gave out for free for non comercial use.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=110187289882

    http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/cube_computing/



    Terran

    EDIT Just noticed its the forth too ( Fiat ) with the constrast down.... Git....

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    Had a reply....

    Hello.
    The Vauxhall skin has been custom made by ourselves. Yes it is based on an available theme, but if you look, the skin has been pretty much totally re-made. We used our own images for icons and the text. As im sure you know this means totally remaking the skin.

    If you can show me that the vauxhall skin we use is identical to yours then i am happy to give you the credit for it on the auctions?
    If you want me to remove it, then i have no problems with this.

    We are not offering the Media Engine software as a product for sale, we are offering the design of skins to suit the cars that people want to use it in.

    If you think it is misleading then i will of course change the wording, but we offer a service that is customising Media Engine for people because not many people have the neccessary skills to do it themselves.
    Terran

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    Lol

    Everyone wants easy money , but this seller is a clown.
    Here in Portugal we have great weather, lots of brunnets, party a lot,drink a lot....
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    I would ask him to remove it. Sounds like a blatent cop out. We use our own graphics and background pics.
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    OK, don't hate me for this, but:

    I see posts similar to this on all sorts of forums and I think many people are a bit naïve about what others can and cannot do with property that has been made freely available on the internet. I commend you on your work and on your generosity for making it freely available to the community, and if he has really taken your exact work and is claiming that he did it himself, and is profiting from directly reselling your work, then it surely is dishonest and probably illegal.

    However, he does have the right to "add value" to the PC that he is reselling by installing and configuring any freely available software, even if the person who wrote the program doesn’t permit sale of the software. The reason is because he is charging for the service of doing the install and configuration, rather than charging money for the product itself. It may seem a bit greasy, but legitimate businesses do this all the time.

    To stop him from doing what he is doing, I think you would need to include something in your legal statement that specifically denies ANY redistribution of the product, whether for free or for profit, without your permission. This would still not prevent him from charging for his time in regards to installing and configuring the software, but it would require that the end user be the one to download the software onto the PC, rather than the seller providing it to him preinstalled.

    Also, if he did modify the skins as he claims to have, then he may even be able to get away with direct selling of the skins too, but that’s where it starts to become a grey area and the legality would probably come down to how dramatically the skins were changed.

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    Thing is ,he is charging for just the software.(as 2 auctions)
    Here in Portugal we have great weather, lots of brunnets, party a lot,drink a lot....
    http://img138.echo.cx/img138/896/bannerjoshua5dy.jpg

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    We don't hate you

    The problem is that this has happened before and will definately happen again. I am sure that Terran has a disclaimer of some sort that his skin is not to be used for profit.
    It may be a grey area and "legit" to do what this eBay guy is doing, but people like that kill the good will in the people that make these skins. Most of them do this in their personal time and for free I might add. There is a ****load of work associated with making a skin. The problem is that the original designers get ****ed for their stuff being ripped off and they stop making skins. CdRskull is a prime example of what can happen. He has better things to do than to make awesome skins so that someone can rip them off.
    If these so called businessmen want to make a buck from someone else's work, fine, at least ask permission FIRST! I am sure that if most skin makers were approached BEFORE these things ended up on eBay or at trade shows, a deal could be worked out that is benificial to all parties concerned.

    /rant
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    This guy has completely violated the license agreement. I have contacted him about it, but I don't know what else I can do. Read below. He violates just about everything here in bold. Everything you all have said above is legally protected with the mediaengine license agreement. He agreed to the below items by clicking the "OK" install button. He is breaking copyright law.


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    And, general US copyright law (which is applied to all signatories of the Berne Convention-http://www.law.cornell.edu/treaties/berne/overview.html) states that one can not copy, or distribute the coprighted work of another with out permission. The US law does not differentiate between for profit, and not for profit.

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    What that guy is doing violates US copyright law. Doesn't matter WHAT he is actually charging for. Doesn't matter what the TOS or Legalese says, UNLESS HE EXPLICITLY STATES IN THOSE THAT YOU CAN FREELY DISTRIBUTE AND INSTALL THE PROGRAM WITH OUT PERMISSION. Otherwise, it's a no no.

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    Perhaps Media Engine should go after him for punitive damages so he never does it again!
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