KotOR/2Files Plagiarism and Crediting Policy
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Plagiarism does not stop at copywrited material. Any material that is the intellectual properly of another is considered plagiarism, and KotOR/2Files is making a point to keep plagiarism out. What does this mean for our community? It means you must properly credit any work you use that is the intellectual property of another author.
To help ensure that files are not accidentally or purposely plagiarized, we have instituted a plagiarism and crediting policy which we hope will keep plagiarism out of our little corner of FileFront. This is what you will need with your file for it to be accepted to KotOR/2Files:
- A complete read-me file, with proper credit to all authors you have borrowed material from
- The original read-me file(s) from any borrowed material (included separately)
- Proof of permission from the original author if the original read-me requires it
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What is the definition of "plagiarism?"
A: Plagiarism is defined as presenting yourself as the author of someone else's intellectual property.
Q: What is "intellectual property?"
A: Intellectual property is just about anything, as it is an "invention of the mind." For our purposes, this means anything created by an author - original content.
Q: What kinds of things are considered original content and which are not?
A: Original content has to actually be created by the author. This includes things like models, textures, sounds, scripts, maps, and animations, among other things. Some examples of things that wouldn't count as original content would be things like sounds that are ripped from a movie or video game, or any kind of ported material.
Q: Porting? What's that?
A: Porting is the act of taking material from one game and putting it into another with little or no changes.
Q: Cool! Can I do that?
A: No. In most cases ported material is in violation of the original game's End User License Agreement (EULA). As a general rule we will not accept ported material from any game without written permission from that games developers.
Q: What about original content from another game?
A: We frown upon this, as KotOR/2Files is supposed to be a place for your material, not other peoples' material. The same criteria apply as above: you will need written permission from the author. Why? Because if it's from a game we're not familiar with we don't know whether it's legal or not. In fact, depending on the read-me we may not know anything about it at all, down to which game it came from. Another reason for this is that most of the time when modders write read-mes they are based on the context of being borrowed/modified within that game. Therefore we think it is a courtesy to inform them their work is being ported.
Q: What about borrowing stuff from other games? They don't have read-mes.
A: You have to be careful what kind of things you borrow from other games. Porting models or maps is definitely a no-no, but if you borrow sounds or textures that's usually okay. You must credit them, however. Including them and not explaining where they came from is unacceptable.
Q: You rejected my file!
A: Hey, that's not a question! KotOR/2Files staff should always inform you why your file was rejected. If for some reason they don't, you can always contact the site administrator to find out why. Your file may be rejected for a number of reasons, but most of them are listed on the Submit a File page.
Q: If my file was rejected can I resubmit it?
A: Certainly! However you should fix whatever problem it had that caused it to be rejected, otherwise it will be rejected again.
Q: So what are the consequences for plagiarizing?
A: We will reject your file and let you know how you plagiarized and how you can correct your error. However if you consistently plagiarize we reserve the right to ban you and/or your IP from the network, so try to remember to give credit where credit is due.
Q: What if I can't get in touch with an author to receive permission?
A: This has come up several times, and after some discussion we decided that if you can prove you tried reasonably to acquire permission, we will post the file. You still must adequately credit the original author and include that file's read-me. "Reasonably" means that you must make a valid effort to get in touch with the author. Sending an e-mail out on Monday and then requesting the file be posted on Tuesday because you could not get in touch with the author won't work. It is also important to note that if the missing author returns at some point and request the file be removed, we will remove it.
Q: I'm an author and someone plagiarized my work! What do I do?
A: The file posters here at KotOR/2Files are only human. We do our best to make sure no plagiarized work is posted, but we occaisionally goof or just don't know every piece of original work out there. If your work has been plagiarized and you wish it to be removed, contact the site administrator or any FileFront network administrator. You must be able to prove the material originally belonged to you. Also provide a link to the plagiarized file, so we can note the author for future reference.
Q: Can I copy stories from other site and post them on this one?
A: The simple answer is NO, and if it does happen it will be dealt with by a suspension from the site for as long as we see fit.
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Total comments: 8 | Last comment: 05-11-2011 at 15:48
Joined: January 10th, 2008
|meh, ppl who plaigarize suck... |
Joined: January 2nd, 2008
|plagirism is bad!!!!!!!! |
From: (Western Australia)
Joined: July 6th, 2008
|I agree with wampaloo and HolyDarkness. Plariarism makes me |
Joined: October 25th, 2008
|Plagerism makes you go super-saiyan? but anyway yeh It sucks |
From: (Cordes Lakes, Republic of Arizona)
Joined: January 9th, 2009
|Plagerism sucks. What more to me said. |
Really, though, shoudln't the admin have blocked comments on this section?
Joined: April 29th, 2010
|If my work was plagerized, I would sue! |
Joined: June 21st, 2009
|moaning about Plagerism for modding makes no sense as long as people credit you. you make no cash from the mod and stopping people from benifiting from your file is just stupid imagine what modders could do if they could use existing content from others mods better models more total conversions more bugs fixed less time taken to create mods the list goes on and on so thats my opinion feel free to shout at me if you want |
Joined: May 11th, 2011
|plagerism is for bad people. very bad people. they can go to |
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