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Software Theft in the Flight Sim Community

Posted on Wed, 07 Jul 2010 19:51:21 GMT

If you are a developer, professional or otherwise, you want your creations safe from being sold or copied by others.  Recently I have seen and reported an infringement of another’s creations. The person(s) in question took an Aircraft from Alpha Sim and is including it in Scenery they created for sale! I have since reported this to Alpha Sim  and they were very glad that there is someone looking out for there interest and the same goes for Captain Sim; both are investigating these thefts of intellectual material.

I am an Amateur developer and do not want my hard work to be claimed or sold by others, People who practice this are parasites and need to be dealt with.

This practice is more common than you would think It is up to all of us to keep this theft from happening to all who develop add on for Flight Simulators or any programs I never sell my creations and I post them for others to use but I will not tolerate others using my creations for sale or being included in a package for sale, I have since put my logo on certain objects in my scenery to prevent it from being used or copied.

Most developer who use auto installers put warning in their creations.  I encourage others who value their creations to do the same.

Contrasting  view are welcome.

This opinion editorial was written by James Abbey, a resident news editor at Fly Away Simulation.

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Ian Stephens

About Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens is a flight simulation enthusiast also with a keen interest in aviation and technology.  Ian spends a lot of his time experimenting with various simulator packages but has a love for Microsoft Flight Simulator X because of the huge selection of add-ons available.  However, Ian also has copies of Prepar3D and X-Plane installed. 

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