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Old 10-25-2011, 07:26 PM   #1
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Avatar Stealing needs to be banned

We should have a rule in place at MR that says that it's not OK for someone to steal someone else's avatar.

Currently Polyphemus has stolen my avatar and I find that offensive. Please sort it out so he has to remove my avatar.
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:56 PM   #2
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Did you create the image, Jon, or did you just use it first?

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Old 10-25-2011, 08:16 PM   #3
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This needs to go beyond MR. Other sites are also stealing JSW's avatar.

http://frct3.forumactif.com/t220-fun...a-fete-foraine

Scroll down for proof.

There is even more blatant stealing.

http://www.ariase.com/fr/forum/la-tv...opic10916.html

This is getting out of control.

http://communauteduplateau.winnerbb....1-fep-drop-pod

I give up.

http://www.oleoo.com/viewtopic.php?id=184550

I feel a lawsuit coming on. Any lawyers out their who can fight this injustice?
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:37 PM   #4
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Did you create the image, Jon, or did you just "borrow" it first?
The point is using the same avatar on the same forum. What's done on other forums isn't an issue. So would you like it if everyone on MR decided to use your avatar and every time you changed, everyone changed too?

It's akin to identity theft.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:12 PM   #5
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MR provides a selection of 63 avatars that could be used over and over again by multiple people. I can understand why you might be upset (and it is a wonderful avatar), but I am not sure that there can be a rule about using an image like this one. I, on the other hand, created my avatar and actually own the image. I can't imagine that anyone wants a picture of my foot, of course.

There is an interesting article on Wired about Tux, who owns it, and its history. See: http://www.wired.com/culture/lifesty.../2001/03/42209

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Old 10-25-2011, 09:18 PM   #6
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Something needs to be banned, that's for sure.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:20 PM   #7
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Something needs to be banned, that's for sure.
Don't go there or you might end up staying there.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:28 PM   #8
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Use this one, Jon...he can defend himself.


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Old 10-25-2011, 09:38 PM   #9
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Ultimately, I guess the moderators will need to decide this if your attempts to just talk to Polyphemus about how much this means to you have failed.

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Old 10-25-2011, 10:13 PM   #10
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Don't go there or you might end up staying there.
Careful Kenny. That sounds like a threat.
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:21 PM   #11
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:32 PM   #12
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I hope that no one else wants to use my high school yearbook picture!
It's a nice picture. I am almost attempted to use. But will not dare...LOL

I think personalizing with something is the best way to keep the avatar to yourself. Yours is a good example.
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:53 AM   #13
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If this is your personally-created, copyrighted, image, Jon, then yes, you have a right to ask other people not to use it without your permission. If, however, you do not hold the copyright to the image, then anyone else has just as great a right to use it as you do.

The best way to ensure a unique avatar is to create one yourself. That way it's your property, and you can be sure that you are the only person who will use it.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:09 AM   #14
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So would you like it if everyone on MR decided to use your avatar and every time you changed, everyone changed too?

It's akin to identity theft.
I wouldn't care if everyone decided to use my Dangermouse & Penfold avatar.

Suggesting that it's akin to identity theft is a massive exaggeration, in my opinion.

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If this is your personally-created, copyrighted, image, Jon, then yes, you have a right to ask other people not to use it without your permission. If, however, you do not hold the copyright to the image, then anyone else has just as great a right to use it as you do.
Exactly why I have no objection to anyone else using my avatar. I can't object to someone stealing something from me if it's not mine in the first place.

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Agreed. I would have a very different opinion if you owned the copyright to your avatar.
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