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I don't know the methods, but if you report it, the auction will be pulled. Helps if you are the copyright owner. Just catching the link should be enough. Very little to do to catch these thieves stealing others' work and calling it "service"BTW, the distributors contact appears to be:info@rowoldt.com

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I have a feeling that this auction will be pulled down. Theres a LOT of different aircraft made by a lot of people, whom I know who will not like this. I agree too, these are freeware aircraft, not payware.

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Hi Everyone: If someone wants to post a message to the bidders I have typed the German for you, I would do it but I can't figure out how... Let me know:Hallo Alle:Du kannst alle diese flugzeuge f

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great catch!i translated the page and it seems the author does identify them as freeware/shareware in the page which makes no sense at all..it's almost admitting to piracy :-hmmm is it possible this guy got permission to do this because otherwise it would seem pretty stupid to admit you were selling FREEware! course nobody ever said crooks were smart...

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Nope, I doubt he has permission from the majority of the authors. Yannick

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>Hi >>while browsing ebay I stumbled over this auction: >>http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewIt...&category=21937 He is in clear violation of eBay's published policy regarding the selling of CD-R compilations, since he is clearly not the copyright owner of these models:CDR's, OEM's, or Backup copies of software Software on CD-R ** eBay Policy on Software on CD-R: As a matter of eBay policy, software on CD-R (including CD-RW) may not be listed on eBay, unless the seller is the copyright owner and states this in the item description. This means that, among other things, compilations (e.g., multiple software programs on one disk), "freeware" and "shareware" on CD-R may not be listed on eBay. This policy also means that even lawful software on CD-R is not permitted on eBay. This following situation illustrates how this might arise. Example: An individual or small software company decides to release its software on CD-R. The software company sells the software on CD-R on eBay to Jack. This is permissible because the software company is the copyright owner of the software. Jack now wants to resell the software on CD-R on eBay. The software on CD-R is "lawful software," but Jack (or anyone other than the software company) is not permitted to list this item on eBay. Blank CD-R disks are permitted on eBay. If you have questions about this policy, view the following page: http://pages.ebay.com/help/community/software-cdr-faq.htmlI am contacting eBay since I am the copyright holder of the Socata TB20GT he's 'selling.'

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My message to eBay's Fraud Investigations department:"There have recently been several auctions held where Flight Simulator 2002 freeware/shareware collections have been sold, or are currently being held for auction.According to eBay's stated policy prohibiting the sale of CD-R collections of freeware/shareware, unless the seller is the stated copyright holder of each item in the collection, these auctions have been and continue to be in clear violation.I am the copyright holder of record for the Socata TB20GT model listed in the auction item cited in this message, and have NOT given permission for anyone to 'sell' this item.In point of fact, since it was released under a GNU License, it may NEVER be sold by anyone, at anytime, by any method."

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Bill,I notice some POSKY planes on there too. What email addy did you send the message to? I also want to contact them and make it clear that we granted no permission in allowing any file to be added to his CD.Thanks :)

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>Bill, >>I notice some POSKY planes on there too. What email addy did >you send the message to? I also want to contact them and >make it clear that we granted no permission in allowing any >file to be added to his CD. >>Thanks :) I used the 'form fill in' provided on the english language eBay site, using the item # from the actual auction. Apparently it autorouted the complaint to the german language division, because the robot response came to me in german... :)eBay Germany Customer Support

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Hi Bill,Not to disagree with your demand for removal in the least as I of course think this sale is wrong if it violates even one person/companies license terms.But something you may not be aware of that might need to be clarified here: if the GNU license you released under is the GPL as opposed to some other variant (of which many are available - some which expressly forbid for-profit sales), anyone and his dog can sell your works for however much they think they can get. The GPL isn't designed to limit or stop the distribution of Free works in any form: encouraged distribution is in fact, its main goal. What the GPL is designed to do is guarantee access to Free works and its components - thus encouraging full collaboration, transparency, open standards and dramatically improved quality of available software. "Free Software" is a matter of Liberty, not price. As those at gnu.org so aptly state: think about Free as in "Free Speech", not as in "free beer".Under the GPL, anyone is allowed to profit from anothers Free works if they desire and are able. This is exactly how Red Hat, Mandrake or any of the thousand other distributions out there that are setup as profit making corporations thrive... They package Free works in forms that are easy to use and add support and other services/tools that enhance the value of those works enough to charge for it. The main stipulation to this: any *published* improvements made to the Free works absolutely *must* be given back to the same community they based it upon. That doesn't mean they can't package it in a unique form and sell it, however.Just a clarification of the GPL if that is indeed the GNU license you released under. If not, forgive my interruption of this thread!Take care,Elrond

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A link would have probably gotten the point across a bit better than copy-n-paste... :-) Just nitpicking of course.Take care,Elrond

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