Welcome to the Take Down Stardewvalleymods.net Initiative! » FIND UPDATES & RELEVANT COMMENTS HERE! Update on 11/01/16 @ 11:40 AM: Here Update on 11/01/16 @ 10:40 AM: Here Update on 10/31/16 @ 02:40 PM: Here Update on 10/28/16 @ 11:15 PM: Here Update on 10/28/16 @ 06:05 PM: Here Update on 10/28/16 @ 02:50 PM: Here (More just relevant info on the response I received than an update) Update on 10/28/16 @ 02:40 PM: Here - Original Update (changed to TDSI) » So, what exactly is this thing? Earlier this week, I stumbled upon a website called stardewvalleymods.net. I discovered that my some of my mods had been stolen and uploaded on the website back in July. The website has a button with the words "upload and get paid" on it, shown here. This immediately concerned me. My mod had been uploaded here without my consent, and now you're telling me that someone got PAID for it?! Not only that, but there are ads on the page that the website's creator must be profiting off of. There were dozens upon dozens of other mods on the site, too, and I had a hunch that there was no way these modders all consented to having their content rehosted on this website. I began contacting the site's Facebook page and all emails/contact info I could find on their website in order to get my mod removed. After my first few attempts were unheard, I did get my mod removed - but I'm not stopping there! I want to head up a movement to get all stolen mods removed from this website and then have the actual website itself taken down. » Okay, I can get behind that! What are you going to do about it? I have plans to do the following: Sort through the website & contact every single modder who has had their content stolen and reuploaded to the site to make them aware of the situation [PROGRESS: ~80/400] Contact the provider of the website to make them aware that their TOS is being violated by the creator [DONE] Contact ConcernedApe/Chucklefish to discuss info related to our rights to the content we've created and whether or not the website's creator is legally infringing upon the rights of CA by creating and profiting off of this site [PROGRESS: Half-done - did not email Chucklefish but one of their employees has responded in the forums on page 4] I'll be consistently updating this thread with any progress I've made. If anyone wishes to help me in the process or has any useful info please comment here or inbox me! » I'm a modder who has had my content stolen by this site. What can I do? 1. First off, take screenshots of your content on the website and email them to yourself with the date the screenshots were taken on. 2. Next, email email@example.com with links to your content on the site and demand that he remove your stolen property from his site. I suggest something like this: To whom it may concern: I need you to immediately remove my mod(s), found here: (insert a link to your content) Your website/company never sought permission from me to reupload my mods to your website. I would not have given permission and do not give it now. As such, this is theft of my work and my property. Remove my mods from your website as soon as you receive this message or I will be forced to take further action to get it removed. Your legal name Your online persona/username Your email address/contact info 3. Consider filing a DMCA complaint. Even if they end up removing your content, your mods were still stolen and profited on. The more complaints this site receives, the more likely it is that their provider will remove the website. You can submit a complaint to Cloudflare through this link: https://www.cloudflare.com/abuse/ Thank you to users Koihime Nakamura (for first suggesting submitting a DMCA to Cloudflare) and Entoarox (for submitting the first complaint, linking to Cloudflare's abuse form, & helping other users in the thread to submit their claims) for their help here! 4. Add disclaimers to all of your mods! User eemie suggested a universal disclaimer in the comments on this thread, which I've slightly modified and added here: WARNING: Do not download this mod from any place other than NexusMods or the Chucklefish forums! WWW.STARDEWVALLEYMODS.NET STEALS MODS AND UPLOADS THEM ON THEIR WEBSITE WITHOUT PERMISSION. DO NOT download any mods there! If you see my mods anywhere other than Nexus or the forums, please link me to the site asap. Thank you! 5. Follow the advice in the "what can non-modders do" section. 6. If your attempts at communication with the website creator are not heard, message their Facebook page (linked on the website) and comment on every one of your mods that it is stolen and that it needs to be removed. They won't respond to your Facebook messages but still send them. They sometimes post links to certain mods they upload. I suggest finding your mod (if linked) and commenting that it's stolen. Do keep in mind that this may end up getting you blocked from the page. I haven't been yet, but it's a possibility. Comments on the website have to be approved before they are posted, so your comment likely won't be approved. The point of these steps is to make it harder for them to keep your content up than it is to take it down. 7. Finally, PLEASE let us know in this thread what your plan of action is! I'd like us to all share our progress in getting these mods removed and the responses from the website creator so that we can figure out exactly what to do to make sure the mods get taken down as quickly as possible! » I'm not a modder. Is there anything I can do to help? Yes! Read this thread and if you have any input, please comment! I'd also recommend that everyone use an ad blocker while viewing the website. Most ad blockers can be customized to only block ads from certain websites. Add the website to that list so that they won't profit off of your checking things out. - Submit a Google AdSense Violation report. You can do this at https://support.google.com/adsense/contact/violation_report. I've submitted one and I suggest everyone else do the same. I've copy and pasted the message I sent below. I used the main page of the website as the page to submit and I checked the two different "offense" boxes: - This site is distributing someone else's copyrighted material, possibly without permission. - This website does not adhere to the Webmaster Quality Guidelines. (The specific guideline that it doesn't follow is creating enough original content since he's literally just ripping off the work of others.) http://community.playstarbound.com/...ve-this-content-thieving-website-here.126229/ Please read the above forum post for additional info. This website is stealing content from "mod" creators for the game Stardew Valley. While the exact extent to which modders hold rights to their content is questionable, many of the mods stolen & uploaded to this website have original pixel art, dialogue, and code written/designed by the modders themselves, making this theft of property. The site's owner, [name redacted], is using Google ads to profit off of content he has stolen, which violates Google's TOS for AdSense. He is based in Vietnam & the hosting provider (Digital Ocean) is based in Singapore, both of which have bilateral copyrights relations with the US, so he is committing a crime by stealing this content. Please email [YOUR OR MY EMAIL HERE! If you want me to be the contact, you can enter my email address. Just PM me for it.] for additional information. Thank you, [Your name here] As mentioned in the spoiler, if you'd like to submit a complaint with my email address as the contact info instead of your own, just PM me & I'll let you know my email address. If you choose to do this, though, you'll have to enter your own email in the first box provided. Only enter my email in the actual violation details box! This way Google knows the complaint is coming from multiple parties, not just one person (me) spamming them! Thank you to user jwdred for suggesting this! UPDATE: Either Google has extremely quick workers or he is reading this thread & changed the ad provider he was using after reading that we were going to report him. I'll update this section accordingly at a later date. 11/01/16 @ 12:25 PM - Email Digital Ocean, the site's hosting provider, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Edit the following message as you'd like (or write your own). To whom it may concern: I'd like to report an instance of what I believe to be abuse by the domain you're hosting for [name redacted] listed as http://stardewvalleymods.net. Stardew Valley is a popular farming simulator that was released in February 2016. Many players of this game, myself included, have "modded" or made changes to certain elements of the game's code to change how characters, buildings, animals, etc. look & act in the game among many, many other modifications to enhance our gameplay experience. These modifications or "mods" take time to create and are the property of the modder/developer who makes them as they involve creating original artwork, dialogue, and writing code. [name redacted] has used their site to steal this property and rehost it. They have not contacted any modder I've seen to get permission to do this. They certainly did not contact me when they rehosted my mod, though it has since been deleted. I have contacted them through the only working email found on the website, messaged them on their site's Facebook page, and submitted comments through the website itself to no avail. They will not take down their website. They have been removing mods after we request their removal, but this does not undo the crimes that have been committed and that he is continuing to commit as he uploads new mods to the site without permission almost every single day. Given the fact that this site advertises that you can get paid for uploading mods to their site and that there are ads on the pages, I can assume that [name redacted] is making money off of stolen, rehosted content. This is unacceptable. I have not been able to read all of the TOS agreement so far, but I'm assuming that stealing content and rehosting it is in violation of their contract with your company. Though [name redacted] is based in Vietnam and the part of your company they are using is based in Singapore, both countries have bilateral copyright laws with the US where most of this content is created. This means what [name redacted] is doing is in direct violation of modders' copyright over their content. I would like to know what steps I need to take to get their site removed. Thank you to user scrptrx for posting the information they received back from CloudFlare so that we knew to contact Digital Ocean in the first place! » Why do you care so much about this? Aren't there bigger problems in the world like the Syrian refugees, this election, climate change?! I realize that it's a little silly to get so passionate about something that seems insignificant. But I, like many others here, have an immense respect for this community. ConcernedApe is a wonderful developer who worked so hard to create this beautiful, simple farming game that players can escape their busy worlds with. All of the content creators and users on this forum are so nice and just genuinely enjoy sharing their work with others. These kind users have been taken advantage of by a content thief and it angers me. It's just not right for someone to profit off of the work of others, especially when those others shared their work just so players could enjoy a carefree, fun game even more than they already did. So, I recently got back into modding and I discovered that someone ("Goinggoing") has uploaded some of my mods to stardewvalleymods.net without my permission. It pisses me off that this website is apparently making money off of developers' content without their consent. I've tried emailing the email@example.com or whatever and got an unable to send email. Submitted a comment through the website and emailed the TOS help email but I'm sure nothing will come of that. I messaged their Facebook page requesting that my mod be removed and I have yet to hear back. I tried reporting the post where my mod was shared & the page itself on Facebook but that does nothing. What else can be done? This is ridiculous. I shared my recolors here and on Nexus because I wanted others to be able to use my edits to customize their game. I did not do it to make a profit, and I DEFINITELY didn't do it to let other people profit from my work! I feel frustrated and helpless. Has anyone else had their mods stolen and put there? Were you successfully able to get it taken down? Is there any kind of legal threat that can be made to force them to remove it? I know that's extreme but that's how upset I am.