I thought we finally got over those who would steal other people's work for little points here on Gather, but nope...I have found at least ten posts within the past day of stealing. Yes, I have contacted the original authors of this and reported a couple to Gather.
If all a person can do is copy and paste from another site then what the heck don't you just comment on that person's article that They worked on, not you.
There is no problem with agreeing with that author's work and letting others know that your read so and so's work, here is a paragraph or line and link to the original, but don't steal it.
I don't want to hear, oh I didn't know I couldn't take something off the internet and post it and make money off it. Or I don't know what copyright means.
Come on, you don't know that you can't steal someone elses work? So it is ok then, in your logic, that you can work a 40 hour day but someone else can cash your paycheck. Same thing.
And you don't know what a copyright is? Have you ever read a book? Or a magazine? You know how to use the internet, try googling copyright.
It isn't a big deal, I can hear a couple people say. You think so now, but when you piss off the wrong author you will find yourself in court trying to tell the judge why you think it is ok to Steal....or wonder why you come to log into Gather and find it isn't there anymore. Yes, sites can be closed down due to copyright infringement.
As you notice below: I give brief descriptions from two Noted sites. If you want to read more, you would go to the sites and read the complete articles/statements.
Basic knowledge: from Wiki
Copyright infringement (or copyright violation) is the unauthorized use of material that is covered by copyright law, in a manner that violates one of the copyright owner's exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works.
Basic Knowledge: from US-Cert
Copyright infringement occurs when you use or distribute information without permission from the person or organization that owns the legal rights to the informationWhat consequences could you face?Â
- Prosecution - When you illegally download, reproduce, or distribute information, you risk legal action. Penalties may range from warnings and mandatory removal of all references to costly fines. Depending on the severity of the crime, jail time may also be a possibility. To offset their own court costs and the money they feel they lose because of pirated software, vendors may increase the prices of their products.