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Rick Grimes
 Posted: Apr 29 2011, 12:35 AM
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QUOTE (Jcink @ Apr 25 2011, 11:11 PM)
Today we received this notice about several skins posted here that infringe copyright:

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To Whom It May Concern,

This letter is a Notice of Infringement as authorized in § 512© of the U.S. Copyright Law under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). I wish to report an instance of software piracy and copyright infringement. The infringing material appears on the Service for which you are the designated agent.

1. The copyrighted material, which I contend belongs to Invision Power Services, Inc. and appears illegally on the Service, is the following:
- http://community.invisionpower.com


2. The unauthorized material appears at the website address:
- http://forum.jcink.com/index.php?showtopic...=0&#entry133194
- All IP.Board 3.x based skins from "Gmaster479"

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4. I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials as described above is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. The operator of the website does not have a valid license to use the material.

5. I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

...

Lindy Throgmartin
Invision Power Services, Inc.


The topic link referenced in the email is an IPB 3.x.x look-alike skin.

As a result, this list, includes, but is not limited to:

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- IPB 3.2.4 *IPB 3.2* (By: GMaster479)
- Clean Cut *IPB 3.2* (By: GMaster479)
- IP Board Blue *IPB 3.2* (By: GMaster479)
- IP Board Red *IPB 3.2* (By: GMaster479
- TZen *IPB 3.2* (By: GMaster479)
- Ambiance *IPB 3.2* (By: GMaster479)
- Clan: Black Ops *IPB 3.0* (By: GMaster479)
- Livid *IPB 3.2* (By: GMaster479)
- Energize *IPB 3.2* (By: GM479, Laiam, Gunblaza)
- Vapor *IPB 3.2* (By: GMaster479)
- Aran Tigre *IPB 3.0* (By: GMaster479)
- Clan: Reach *IPB 3.0* (By: GMaster479)
- Monochrome Red *IPB 3.0* (By: GMaster479)
- Rainforest 3.0 (By: GMaster479)
- Holiday Skin *IPB 3.0* (By: GMaster479)
- Underwater (By: GMaster479)
- Baseball (By: GMaster479)


Any other skins based on 3.x need to be removed as well.

If you have these skins installed you must remove them. Invision Power has basically said that these skins come way too close to their design to the point that they're considering it "piracy."

Meaning both of our Resident Evil skins have had to go, at least for now.

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Sorry, everybody. We'll have to deal with the Hybrix Sangrean and Raw Red and Black skins for the time being. I'm too mentally banged up to request any new skins right now. sad.gif
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KeVo
 Posted: Apr 29 2011, 09:29 AM
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That is some shit.

They are basically doing this to us because we aren't paying $150 a year to use the official IPB boards, and try to take anything cool away from us.

Those skins did nothing more than what these skins do.

Piracy my ass.

Oh well, I guess that's how things go. dry.gif
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Rick Grimes
 Posted: Apr 29 2011, 10:10 AM
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Yeah, and just when I finally started feeling like I'd gotten this place exactly as I wanted it again.

But I still have the .xml files for both skins stored in a safe place on my computer, so should things turn around, reinstalling them is a simple task.
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KeVo
 Posted: Apr 29 2011, 10:13 AM
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Heck yeah! Ride on, brotha!
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Rick Grimes
 Posted: Apr 30 2011, 01:10 PM
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Okay, I have some good news. GMaster479, the creator of our Resident Evil and Umbrella Earth skins, is working on something new, which should be released soon. In addition, there's a chance that our lost skins *might* get some slight alterations so as to not breach any copyrights and be usable again.

I'm following what's happening, so I'll keep you guys updated.

Or if you'd like to follow along yourself, see this topic: http://forum.jcink.com/index.php?showtopic=16159&st=0
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KeVo
 Posted: Apr 30 2011, 04:22 PM
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This is some great news. I'm very happy we won't have to lose all of that smexyness.
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 Posted: May 3 2011, 05:56 PM
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I see. I hope we get some good stuff. What about the banner?

Is this guy taking suggestions, like of who is up there?

I think Chris, Jill & Wesker is good. I'm rooting for no Sheva though, nobody undeserving.
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Rick Grimes
 Posted: May 3 2011, 07:13 PM
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This banner is left over from the previous site, so it won't change or be included on any new skins that might get made.
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 Posted: May 3 2011, 07:45 PM
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QUOTE (Spartan198 @ May 3 2011, 08:02 PM)
This banner is left over from the previous site, so it won't change or be included on any new skins that might get made.


Oh, well are you planning on changing it up?

I definately prefer it to the banner on REF, but IDK....I'm not even sure what kind of banner I would want.
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