"Copybot" or "Stealing" others creations

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Greetings,

I would like to make a very public statement to everyone. By everyone I do mean everyone as these forums are open to the public to view.

UF Starfleet in the past has been involved in "Copybot" scandals and "Thefts" of other people's work.

WE WILL NOT TOLERATE THIS FROM OUR MEMBERS OR ASSOCIATES

We are currently investigating allegations of this nature and I have been made aware that content creators know of this.

Please allow me to offer a sincere apology if this has happened to you, a creator, by one of our members. While UF Starfleet cannot control the actions of the individual we can try to represent our group within the communities we are involved in to the best of our ability.

We will not now or ever condone theft in any form.

If you believe one of your items has been stolen by a UFS member please reach out to me via email - kermie.mistwallow@ufstarfleet.org and we can discuss it further and know that I will always be on the side of content creators and again will not tollerate these potentially illegal actions within our group.

We will take action and will not brush it under the carpet.

Content creators are the ones that help us shape our "Second Lives" and our passions, wether its the creation of our avatars, with starship builds, scenery for us to enjoy all of this is thanks to content creators who have a right to be able to express themselves without fear of someone stealing thier work.

Thank you all

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I would really like this to stop right now, my dear Kermie ...
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I think I speak for a lot of people when I say, I very much appreciate any care and investigation into copybotting claims that Command is undertaking. The last time this happened it was handled extremely poorly, and it's nice to see at least in front of the scenes that if there's any copybotting accusations that they're being taken seriously, and hopefully being investigated fairly and thoroughly!

Thank you Kermie!
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I would really like this to stop right now, my dear Kermie ...
Agreed! I too wish to see copybotting and stealing of objects not linked with UFS any more. UFS Command is working hard to make sure we have a good reputation in the wider community. Keep up the good work, Kermie!
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As I actually had a very well established builder ask me about it two weeks ago and talk about how tarnished the UFS reputation is because of copybotting issues, I also appreciate any investigation into these things. The staggering fact is that this individual brought it up as something that was being discussed among a bunch of Trek builders and they were unaware of any investigation going on at the time. The fact that an investigation was being done was viewed a positive by this individual and taken back to others they know and work with. Everyone should be concerned and want to get to the bottom of these sorts of issues... indeed any issue that could harm the image of UFS.
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Dolfke Barbosa wrote:
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I would really like this to stop right now, my dear Kermie ...
I agree! As a creator and designer in the real world, I wish people would learn what DMCA and copyright means and that stealing is wrong. Stealing is something we all learned as children that is wrong. Nonsense, indeed!
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I’m just going to ask everyone to refrain from speculation or judgement until the investigation report is made public. Copybotting is a serious accusation and a very thorough investigation was done. We don’t need any witch-hunts or mobs going around thinking they are doing the right thing without knowing the facts of the report or what was found. I can and will say one item was a copybot. It didn’t involve any ufs members other than it was given or sold to them and has been reported and dealt with. There are copied mesh heads that are at a store that have nothing to do with UFS or members. However UFS membership reported this as well. Please have patience.
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Penney Lancaster wrote:
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I’m just going to ask everyone to refrain from speculation or judgement until the investigation report is made public. Copybotting is a serious accusation and a very thorough investigation was done. We don’t need any witch-hunts or mobs going around thinking they are doing the right thing without knowing the facts of the report or what was found. I can and will say one item was a copybot. It didn’t involve any ufs members other than it was given or sold to them and has been reported and dealt with. There are copied mesh heads that are at a store that have nothing to do with UFS or members. However UFS membership reported this as well. Please have patience.
You are correct. It is crucial to refrain from making judgments before releasing any results to the membership. What set this thread off was chastising the OP for checking into the allegations mentioned in the OP and taking them seriously. Recognizing that copy-botting *is* stealing and not acceptable by command is equally important.
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Let me make something very clear to all you naysayers and jumping to conclusions.

Despite what you may of heard or what may be heard on the grapevine or interpreted from private I say again PRIVATE emails. Nobody was accused of copybotting

Individuals and CO’s where made aware of investigations and concerns out of RESPECT to them and the areas they cover.

I’ll say this as a person behind the avatar not a fictional role or rank I hold. Stop listening too heresy or 3rd hand opinions and views and instead take credit in the fact that UFS in the present will always defend creators and investigate concerns raised.

Or we can stop with the requested Transparency and keep everything behind closed doors again.

You either want communication or you want to speculate.

You can’t have it both ways. I made a statement of UFS views and transparency. Let those that are tasked with shit do those things they volunteered to do or interfere and make shit worse. I’m through with people jumping t he bandwagon. We are one fleet and should be working to better ourselves and not repeat mistakes of the past.
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I fully agree with Kermie, et al. Stop the madness.
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But Penney Witch hunts seem to be the order of the day.
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