It seems that the rules posted on the front page have been somewhat successful however not entirely understood or noticed by some people (particularly inattentive rip owners). So let me say one more thing to remove a lot of the grey area in judging wether or not a game should be removed from the Anime guild or denied submission.
If a game is placed on the front page then it is given original status. If a game is given original status then you can not under any circumstances have graphics from that game in your game without permission. There are some exceptions such as content included in WOTS when it was ripped originally, not subsequent graphical updates but the old stuff. The reason for this is because I have inherited a bit of a seniority issue with most "ripped" games containing WOTS code/graphics due to the NBOTLS epidemic. I would love to crack down to 100% no rip status in the guild but I'm afraid that would be too drastic at this point as we need to move popularity away from ripped games to a more full extent (ie 90% of playerbase playing original games).
Besides the WOTS exception however no game on the front page or subsequently placed on the front page may ever have its graphics stolen, if a game that is not on the front page tries to argue they made the graphics first it is almost 100% likely that I will judge this to be a lie because front page games are the only games with official original status and rips will have a hard time arguing that an original game stole from them.
This black and white rule that you cannot contain any graphics from a frontpage game (besides WOTS) should do two things:
(1)Create desire for game owners to aspire to front page status and premote original projects because of the protection ensured to original works within the front page.
(2)Create a feeling of safety for graphic artists and game owners within the Anime Guild. This is the most important point, I want everybody to feel safe that they can release their game to the public without worrying about theft. This is to encourage games like Dragonball Online II and Bleach Online to actually come to a release.
Also games that are released but do not gain front page status immediately because of not being complete enough or hosted often enough will still obtain the same security, basically when a game becomes a front page game It will enjoy all the protections even retroactively. That is that if an original game is released but is in Alpha Closed testing stage and is ripped, that when it does become a front page game immediate action will be taken to retroactively enforce these penalties.
Games removed from the guild will find it incredibly hard to re-enlist and will be subject to a very thorough investigation by myself. I feel this is the next logical step in creating confidence in the BYOND Anime community and I hope everybody understands exactly what I mean. This new rule is in effect immediately, no there is no grace period to quickly remove the BLN or GOA graphics you stole.
Nov 25 2008, 9:35 am