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Rarely do I post anything here. Mostly because everyone has already said what I was going to, or had already thanked said author for their resource pack a bajillion times. But there is a first for everything I guess. As we all know, we can come here to find nearly any resource pack for Minecraft that we can think of. Today, I come to you about a YouTube channel I happened upon. This channel has on it several videos showcasing various resource packs. One of these packs is the John Smith Legacy pack. Now, we all know that we can get all of his packs easily enough without having to jump thru a bunch of hoops or adfly links to get them. Now, I'm not knocking the authors for using adfly in order to get something back. In fact, I'm more than ok with it. What bothers me is that this guy is using the adfly links for HIS pockets. I've been to John Smiths site and he doesn't have any adfly links in order to download his packs. In fact, he even has a paragraph expressing his distaste for things of that nature and has a donate button if anyone wants to donate. I'm urging all of the authors of the resource packs that this guy has made videos of, to go to YouTube and stop this guy from making money off of your work. Below you will find a link to his channel.
Yep, Vencko74 is a well known youtuber and texture thief. He has numerus PVP a.k.a Mixed packs of stolen textures up for download in his many videos. We have been trying to get youtube to get their head out of their tush, but sadly sense google took over you can only report the video, not the contents of the description. Even if the owner of the works reports it, you again are just reporting the video... and sense most of us allow people to make VIDEOS using our packs.. the VIDEO is fine and they wont do squot about it.
Why was my post on this thread deleted? Grrr. Silly forum software.
As I said in the post that the spam filter ate, why not approach this problem from a different angle? Youtube may not care about it, but if the author of the pack issues a copyright complaint with adf.ly the revenue stream might get taken down. (And yes, it HAS to be the author of the pack... or his or her lawyer) If enough copyright holders file complaints, he might get banned from adf.ly as a DMCA violation risk. Now if only there was some sort of Union of Texture Artists to spearhead the effort and get people to file the proper paperwork.
Incidentally, this only works in instances where he directly links to a pack through adf.ly, or links to a 3rd party site that is itself in violation of copyright due to adf.ly use. In the case of the John Smith pack he links to their site, which is a legitimate use of the service. He's basically being paid to advertise for JSL in this case, and isn't taking anything away from them by doing so. Other packs, particularly the mix packs, aren't legit uses and complaints can be filed for them.
For the mix packs, it's also possible to file complaints with his file host. I'm not sure which one he uses, but I know from experience that Mediafire is receptive to these complaints. Just be careful if he direct links to your own unmixed pack since it might be on your own Mediafire account and just going through his adf.ly.
Still, it's a far better idea than trying to spam his channel. He can just ban spammers and haters from his comments section, so all you're going to accomplish there is making yourself look foolish.
The Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
Well this guy is a true work of art. I sent an email to John Smith about that guy along with a link for him to check it out. And check it out he did. He even posted on the video that it wasn't cool to use adfly like that and left a direct link to his site. Vencko flagged JimStoneCraft's reply as spam! Jim did reply to my email and said that there wasn't really anything he could do as the guy wasn't hiding links to DL the resource pack behind adfly. Just hiding a direct link to Jim's site. So really, the guy is making money off of someone else' website. Sadly, YouTube doesn't have a category that it can be reported under.
Has anyone considered putting something together and showing Google about this? They're surprisingly willing to listen to feedback about youtube, and have actually created three new subcategories for reporting comments:
"Why is this comment spam?" a) repetitive irrelevant c) hateful and/or needlessly insulting
Don't tell me that those categories don't exist after looking for them. You have to know EXACTLY where to look, and you also have to own the video. I know it's a backasswards process, but it IS making progress.
At any rate, we could definitely draft a petition of complaint and send it to Google about this. Maybe find some more examples of copyright infringement to show that this isn't a singular issue? Idk. Just something to try, maybe.
If enough of us came forward with this issue, and pack creators as well that have had their works stolen in these packs we may be able to show google that they have turned youtube into a new pirate bay.
These shouldn't be treated any differently then those thom put up movie clips with a download to the full movie in the description.