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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 10:02:54 PM on 24 January 2017.
Brad's avatar
 Location: Greenwich, NSW
 Member since 15 November 2005
 Member #: 1
 Postcount: 6349

Tonight I have received a complaint from a member who has informed me that material they have submitted to this site has been posted elsewhere without permission. I've briefly touched on the subject of copyright infringements before and I think the time is right for a gentle reminder that it is both a criminal offence and a breach of this site's user agreements to lift content from this site without written consent from the owner of the material.

Such action is preventing a number of members from uploading certain types of useful material to this website, such as circuit diagrams, good quality photos of radios and service manuals because they rightly fear that the material is being duplicated and offered elsewhere, in some cases for commercial advantage.

So in finishing, tonight's message will be a little more blunt than is usually the case. If you are lifting content from this website without the written permission of the owner of that content then stop it right now or you will be permanently banned from the site and a note of your activities will be made public. I am not going to issue another warning so to avoid future humiliation and embarrassment just stop doing it.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 8:00:06 AM on 25 January 2017.
Robbbert's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 18 September 2015
 Member #: 1801
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Some forums hide links and photos unless you're logged in, but given that you probably don't want to modify your software, the only thing I can suggest is to add a watermark to the photos.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 9:10:00 AM on 25 January 2017.
Brad's avatar
 Location: Greenwich, NSW
 Member since 15 November 2005
 Member #: 1
 Postcount: 6349

The first suggestion is one that I have given some thought to. On the up side it makes the issue easier to manage but still not impossible to prevent theft. The downside is that search engines will no longer see the content and therefore not make it linkable from their archives. Whilst it is possible to provide search engines, at least the three big ones, a silent account that lets them in but not other visitors that aren't logged in the thieves can still grab images and documents from the search engines.

What some people don't understand is that there is nothing one can do on the Internet that isn't traceable. Every time we click a button, download content, upload content and even sneeze on our monitors there is a server somewhere that is logging the event with a timestamp and other details. So if I catch someone at it I will make an example of them because they are harming this website and stealing from those who work hard to help others here.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 1:14:09 PM on 25 January 2017.
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 Location: Toongabbie, NSW
 Member since 19 November 2015
 Member #: 1828
 Postcount: 882

Hi Brad, an interesting point. One of the attractive things I found with this web site was the openness for access.
Casually browsing in allows one to trawl through the content and see if there is anything interesting , then if one wants to join/ log on and then and have ones say. I like that very much. There are other web sites that are locked up tighter than a drum and you must log on to get past the index page and PAY for the privilege, I just move on from those.

Regarding the copy right, yes , I have been quite surprised to find some of my magazine (Coin and Banknote) coin articles reproduced on web sites with any permissions but at least they don't try to pass off the content retaining my name as author. The use there is purely to publicise the hobby so I have never had a concern. What would concern me would be if material from this web site, or any coin/car articles I write are used for commercial gain without my knowledge or a cut in the profits! That may sound mercenary but we all spend a lot of money on our hobbies and glad to because its all good fun but if someone starts to sell my work then I am not happy Jan.
Cheers, Fred.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 3:19:40 PM on 25 January 2017.
Vintage Pete's avatar
 Location: Albury, NSW
 Member since 1 May 2016
 Member #: 1919
 Postcount: 1993

Its hard to stop it happening, unfortunately if some body wants to take something from you, be it a car or a photo they will more than likely get it.
But I have found most people in the world to be very honest,gosh I dont even lock my car.
The trouble with taking photos or documents off the net is, that many of those people who do it, dont see it as stealing.They seem to be under the impression that if its on line than its free for all. Which is not the case in most cases

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