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Solved Copycat Forum.

Post by urbansolstice on February 28th 2016, 2:28 am

Hello.

Honestly, I don't know if this is an issue that can be solved, nor do I know where to start, but here goes nothing. There's this one member on a forum that I'm an admin on and from the beginning of her becoming active she was very suspicious. A little insight about her– her own forum lost activeness, therefore she started a new forum. And, if you haven't guessed it already she copied almost EVERYTHING from the forum I am admin on. Even down to MY name and the forum names. She also stole the wording from the welcome message, the "Welcome to Fandomutopia! We are a forum dedicated to bringing you news about fandoms!To join in on the fun and access the full site, pleaseloginorregistertoday!". She used the idea of the banner in the welcome message, as well as the ticket store and ribbons (Wording and colors) buttons. She copied the rules almost word for word (take a look for yourself:actual forumvs.copycat forum). She copied the Top posters bars, and the warning bars, however none of the current admins are sure where the warning bars exactly came from, but it definitely isn't a coincidence as to why she also has them on her forum.

This is just extremely tiring to have to deal with this because we've had issues with her stealing graphics in the past, and we really just want to put an end to this. If there is anything anyone can do about this it would be greatly appreciated.

Here is the forum I'm admin on >http://fandomtopia.forumotion.com/
Copycat forum >http://fandomutopia.forumotion.com/


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Solved Re: Copycat Forum.

Post by Genesis on February 28th 2016, 2:45 am

Did you ask her not to copy? Also, did your staff make the graphics or did you find them online? Also, do you have a copyright for the forum?

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Solved Re: Copycat Forum.

Post by urbansolstice on February 28th 2016, 3:14 am

Yes, we've asked her time and time again not to copy in the past, but this is just going too far. My staff makes all of our graphics. And yes, we do.

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Solved Re: Copycat Forum.

Post by SLGray on February 28th 2016, 3:37 am

It is not exactly a copy of the forum where you are an admin.


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Solved Re: Copycat Forum.

Post by urbansolstice on February 28th 2016, 3:56 am

Yes I understand that it isn't an exactly replica of my forum, however most ideas, most words, some of the graphics, the URL, my username (which honestly I get this isn't exactly copying, but to me it feels like she's trying to imitate me and that sucks), etc are all copied. She's a member on my forum right now, so it's definitely not a coincidence that all these things are extremely similar or completely the same. I really just want to know if there is any way to resolve this, but if not then I'll just confront her about it. Thanks for your time though.

And also, she copied and pasted this page because it still has the highlight marks from when searching 'Warning' on my forum.my forum>hers.

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Solved Re: Copycat Forum.

Post by SLGray on February 28th 2016, 4:03 am

If you believe a forum is breaking the Terms of Service, you can send a litigation report: http://help.forumotion.com/t12330-complaint-against-a-forum-how-to .


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Solved Re: Copycat Forum.

Post by urbansolstice on February 28th 2016, 4:33 am

Alright, thank you.

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Solved Re: Copycat Forum.

Post by SLGray on February 28th 2016, 4:43 am

Topic solved and archived


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