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Plagiarism!!

Postby Orion Pimpdaddy » December 24th, 2009, 9:01 am

Luke, if you look at the top of each review page on this site, you'll see that the screenshots are credited.  For example, the Genesis A-B page says "...screen shots coutesy of Video Game Museum, Shinforce, and Rotten Tomatoes."

On the other gut's site, Video Game Critic is not cited.

By the way, in my original e-mail, which VGC posted at the top of the thread, I accuse the guy of making money, but I can't really assume that.  I just saw some Google ads off to the side, but that may just reduce the price of the hosting itself.

Still, it's pretty rotten to pretend to be a reviewer.

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Plagiarism!!

Postby VideoGameCritic » December 24th, 2009, 10:15 am

Images fall into a slightly different category, but for your information I DID get permission from the sites I use (including IGN), in addition to giving them credit.

Luke, you might not think it's a big deal, but we you see someone trying to profit from your 10 years of hard work, it's upsetting. 

I want to encourage readers to continue forwarding me links to plagiarized reviews.  I have already submitted the initial DMCA form to the host, but can tack on new reviews/links as I discover them.

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Postby VideoGameCritic » December 24th, 2009, 11:29 am

To find many of the reviews in question, you need to perform a search.  If you get a hit on a classic game, and it was posted by Sean R, chances are it's be plagiarized.  Here is a running list of what I've found so far.

Atari 2600 game reviews:

http://www.recycledgaming.com/category/atari/
Batman Returns:
http://www.recycledgaming.com/snes-batman-returns/
Batman:

http://www.recycledgaming.com/sega-genesis-batman/
Christmas reviews:
http://www.recycledgaming.com/category/games/page/7/
Super Off Road
See review of Super Off-road on modernclassicgaming.com:
http://www.modernclassicgaming.com/

California Games
http://www.recycledgaming.com/atari-2600-california-games/

Final Twin Lap Review:

http://www.modernclassicgaming.com/category/turbografx-16/

All seven reviews on this page:

http://www.modernclassicgaming.com/category/activision/

Contra:

http://www.modernclassicgaming.com/nes-contra/

GameCube:

http://www.modernclassicgaming.com/gamecube-wave-race-blue-storm/

SNES Axelay:

http://www.modernclassicgaming.com/snes-axelay/

NES Battletoads:

http://www.modernclassicgaming.com/nes-battletoads/

Castlevania Circle of the Moon

http://www.modernclassicgaming.com/castlevania-circle-of-the-moon/

Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance

http://www.modernclassicgaming.com/castlevania-harmony-of-dissonance/

Castlevania Bloodlines

http://www.modernclassicgaming.com/sega-genesis-castlevania-bloodlines/

Castlevania III:

http://www.modernclassicgaming.com/nes-castlevania-iii-draculas-curse/


Please help me add to this list by sending me further examples!

Thanks
Dave

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Plagiarism!!

Postby Paul Campbell » December 24th, 2009, 12:43 pm

I'm going to enjoy dogging this guy's site wherever I go online so he feels a lingering sting from something as underhanded as this...

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Postby VideoGameCritic » December 24th, 2009, 1:30 pm

Here are some more I just found.  Feel free to post your links to this board, or send them to me via feedback.


Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, Golden Axe 2, Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure, Night Trap, Golden Axe

http://www.recycledgaming.com/category/sega-genesis/page/2/

Biohazard Battle, Shinobi, Columns

http://www.recycledgaming.com/category/sega-genesis/

Double Dragon, Shadow of the Ninja, Yoshi

http://www.recycledgaming.com/category/nes-8-bit/page/2/

Freedom Force, Adventures in the Magic Kingdom, Popeye, Duck Hunt

http://www.recycledgaming.com/category/nes-8-bit/page/3/

Tecmo Super Bowl, Battletoads, Donkey Kong, Blades of Steel

http://www.recycledgaming.com/category/nes-8-bit/page/4/

Sky Shark, Heavy Barrel, 1943

http://www.recycledgaming.com/category/nes-8-bit/page/5/

Mega Man 2

http://www.recycledgaming.com/category/nes-8-bit/page/6/


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Plagiarism!!

Postby BuryMe1 » December 24th, 2009, 1:47 pm

[QUOTE=Luke]Is it really that big of a deal?

Critic, you've posted an awful lot of pictures of games from other websites and used them to correspond with your reviews.

Have you received permission to use all those pictures??[/QUOTE]
Yes it is. Theft of intellectual property is still theft.

Luke

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Postby Luke » December 24th, 2009, 1:48 pm

[QUOTE=DJC]Would it bother you if when in school you wrote a 20 page paper and then had another kid steal it, copy it, and turn it in and get an A on it? -DJ [/QUOTE]Sure, I would be angry if someone used something that was mine without asking and pawned it off as their own receiving full credit. Yes, I get that. I'm totally with the Critic on that one

BUT if the paper were graded as an A, I would also still be kinda proud. Know what I'm sayin?

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Postby VideoGameCritic » December 24th, 2009, 2:21 pm

[QUOTE=Luke][QUOTE=DJC]Would it bother you if when in school you wrote a 20 page paper and then had another kid steal it, copy it, and turn it in and get an A on it? -DJ [/QUOTE]Sure, I would be angry if someone used something that was mine without asking and pawned it off as their own receiving full credit. Yes, I get that. I'm totally with the Critic on that one

BUT if the paper were graded as an A, I would also still be kinda proud. Know what I'm sayin? [/QUOTE]

I'm not amused at all.  Those sites have paid advertisements, indicating money is being made from the content.  From my hard work.  These pages are also probably cutting into my search results on Google.  Last but not least, my readers aren't going to see any new reviews for a while because I'm too busy dealing with this matter.  This is not a joke.  For me it's a nightmare.

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Postby Gleebergloben » December 24th, 2009, 3:24 pm

Dave, I just clicked on all those links that you listed, and all of the links state that the sites are in "maintenance mode". Maybe the sites have been yanked over this?

And Luke, sorry, but I don't agree with your comment:

Sure, I would be angry if someone used something that was mine without asking and pawned it off as their own receiving full credit. Yes, I get that. I'm totally with the Critic on that one. BUT if the paper were graded as an A, I would also still be kinda proud. Know what I'm sayin?

It's like a guy stole my car, gets compliments from his friends saying how great his new car is, so I should be proud for my great taste in cars? Nah, this guy stole from the critic, and it's not right. Dave, I hope justice will prevail again, just like it did with that plagiarizer from ebay.


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Plagiarism!!

Postby Pixelcade1 » December 24th, 2009, 3:39 pm

"BUT if the paper were graded as an A, I would also still be kinda proud. Know what I'm sayin? " -- I have no idea what you are saying you might have pride but nothing else to show for your work and don't forget since they got the grade NO ONE knows that it's your work but you.


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