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What are Rips?

With every great form of artistry, there will always be people who will steal the work done by others. With the advent of computers, this has become an ever more common situation. Look at the music industry for example; it�s basically evolved into a landscape of pirates versus the �Man�. The record labels suing anything that threatens their copyrights out of existence, only to ensure they get paid for the content they own. Their intent is to put all the Napster�s of the world out of existence.

The same horrible thing has happened to the world of skinning and plug-ins. There are thousands of extremely talented artists and coders out there constantly fighting the millions of people who have been trained by the piracy of their music to think that stealing other peoples work is okay. These artists, most of which are not getting paid, have had their work repeatedly raped over and over again.

What to do now...

So when I say stealing, what do I mean by that? Any time you take the work of someone else in any capacity do any of the following qualifies as ripping:

- Taking a skin or plug-in and posting it on a website or public forum without the original author�s permission.
- Taking a skin or plug-in and making modifications to it, in any form, and posting it on to a website or public forum without the original author�s permission.

Assuming that you stumble across a skin or plug-in that violates those two conditions, then the next thing you should do is post it in these forums. Do not rant and rave in the review of the offending violator, it will not help the skin or plug-in get taken down because we will never notice it.

In order to help us get rid of these rips off the site as fast as possible, we�re going to need you to let us know in an orderly fashion. Basically, we need two things from you, a Component ID number which let�s us know exactly which skin or plug-in it is, and also a link to another place that has the original skin or plug-in available download so we can verify that the rip is actually a rip.

Just write a post in our forums with the subject stated as �Component ID [number goes here]� and within the post, please write the URL to the original skin or plug-in. Feel free to also write any comments you might see fit. That�s about it. Thanks a lot.

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* Updated Mar-25-2005 to include link to the Troubleshooters Sticky --> Nunzio390

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An important thing to keep in mind. This is of course, a public space and it behooves you and the health of your computer to take care in clicking on any links/files of unknown origin that someone may post in a thread. Sad as it may seem, there are unsocialized bonenuts out there that get their jollies by causing mayhem. Due to the immediate nature of message boards, we can't insure that a damaging file won't find its way onto the boards, though we'll make every effort to keep things safe by removing them ASAP. Please inform the Forum admin or any moderators you see wandering around if you spy something suspicious. Exercise caution and keep your common sense meter turned on and properly calibrated.

We cannot be held responsible for the content posted by other Forum users. It may very well happen that something posted, be it text, images, files, or links to any of these thing may be offensive to you. The Winamp moderators will do the best they can to keep the Forums clean of offensive posts, but with such a large community, it is impossible to screen every post quickly and efficiently. Also keep in mind that we highly regard free speech, so the protection of that right will be utmost in deeming what is appropriate. If you have any specific complaint about something offensive you have seen, please feel free to contact a moderator or adminstrator. The best prevention is sound judgment.

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If you have any questions about any issue brought up by this thread, feel free to ask the moderators, or your fellow Forumites. Above all, have a nice day




 

Many kudos and bows to Radioactive Man for putting together this primer. And to his editors, to whom he owes his very life.


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