While I don't necessarily condone rehosting mods without permission, I am going to speak up in defense of Skydaz. They seem to use the Adfly API or something, because I've gotten additional Adfly revenue from my mods from them for quite a long time now. They're the only Minecraft mod site I know of that does that, and I respect them for at least showing some consideration to modders and not outright removing or redirecting revenue to themselves.
If you have a problem with them rehosting your mods in installers without permission, however, then that's an entirely separate issue. But that doesn't bother me personally in that specific case.
Also, while everyone's paying attention to this thread, is there any interest in trying to form some kind of Minecraft modders' guild, to try to fight these kinds of problems (eg monetization/theft) using the wonderful powers of online organization? I could throw up some kind of simple web page on my server (without ads of course =P) without too much trouble.
Which by the way omits the "wrong MC version" reason.
As for skydaz, whatever the case on revenue, I speak from experience in that their downloads still suffer from several of the problems outlined, including old versions, nonfunctionality, mismatched Minecraft versions, and more.
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I am the developer of many mods, most famously RotaryCraft and ChromatiCraft.
Well, I was thinking of trying to organize around the interests of modders in general, rather than organize around one specific issue. That means, when the next issue pops up, we'll already have a group of like-minded people to address it.
Well, it does have problems. Why don't you contact the maker and tell them to update the installers?
I do know the Aliens vs Predators mod installer is faulty, but the AVP website was down at the time.
And I don't know about the versions thing. I haven't seen that so far.
I don't find skydaz evil. It gives full credit, and original links. (Though they do make money off the exe installer adflys.)
I hear what you're saying here...but they're still re-packaging mods, they're still making money, and there's still the problems listed on the OP...outdated versions, possible malware, etc etc. And, for those of us who *don't* use adf.ly, because we get all the negatives of a re-posting site, with none of the positives.
Not saying that they don't work for some people...just that they do still fall into the "more bad than good" category for me, and a lot of other mod authors.
One more site to the list that I didn't see listed yet: minecraftmore dot com. They have a repackaged version of my mod at least based on the dl url, didn't try downloading that crap to find out what is inside the zip. (original mod being a jar)
Your license is interesting. I like some parts of it, and don't like other parts. Is that the solution to monetized content theft? Craft a custom license that grants explicitly the rights you want to grant? What are the chances these custom licenses would actually hold up if challenged in court?
Software licenses only give user's rights with regards to the software. When a license says "you can't do X" it's merely stating that the license is not giving the right to do X, which an end user would not be able to do if no license was attached to the software.