BYOND Sucks #5
The main page is becoming increasingly overrun with Zeta rips as of late, seems to be 4 of them now. For those of you who don't know, Zeta rips originated from an old DBZ game (there are also Bleach and Naruto sources with the same problem), the source of which was released (era after era), certain devs then steal this source, change the name, and re-post it to BYOND for their own benefit.
Such projects should never have been allowed in the first place, they have been a plague on BYOND for at least a decade now, but sadly, BYOND has no sort of quality control or self respect or sanity, so they just let literally anything onto their main page (one of the many reasons this platform is failing). The DMCA from FUNimation helped this issue for a time, but now that Lummox has taken over, he must think it doesn't apply to him, or hes just so desperate for money that he'll allow anything. His response when the issue was brought to his attention: "We don't police rips or actively police entries; all we do is comply with the legal obligation to handle valid DMCA requests, and hold authors to act in good faith in what they post. Anyone who posts content they think may draw a complaint does so at their own risk."
For starters, its 100% his responsibility to deal with this problem now, though he refuses to accept any of it, apparently, or possibly, and even more revoltingly, is actively going out of his way to encourage the problem. These games shouldn't be allowed public listing in the first place, as they encourage theft and low production quality. At the very least, they should all be classified under a single hub entry, as some sort of "mods" (one of the ways SS13 has gained such popularity). Its also not "at their own risk", as Lummox claims; Last time, it got the entirety of BYOND shut down, with little direct impact on the rip developers themselves.
Though the listing of rips is bad practice in any case, the primary reason I bring this up now, is because one of the latest, and most popular, is still blatantly DBZ infringing. Here is a quick page of stolen content, found in just the first few minutes of play. With the other rips, Phoenix (previously Z Universe, previously Dragon Universe, previously Lizard Sphere X, previously Finale, previously some era of Zeta (likely Rebirth(?))), they at least put minimal effort into "re-skinning" their rip, to remove the infringing content.
If BYOND is so desperate to allow such blatantly infringing content back on the main page, they may as well re-list HU, its no more infringing, and would certainly pull in a lot more players.
EDIT: Apparently you can't edit polls =P
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