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All user need to understand that here at YSFHQ we do not condone the violation of someone's copyright. If someone creates something, be it a model, song or aerobatic organisation, they OWN the copyright to that. They have a LEGAL copyright to that, and copying them will be breaking the law. Any mention of YS-VFAT is banned on this site, YSVFAT broke copyright laws as it did not have permission from the creative owner to use the VFAT brand in their name. Breaking copyright law, no matter how small, can lead to LEGAL actions taken against the user and this site. This will be taken seriously by YSFHQ staff members and will be dealt with quickly. Just because you break someone's copyright we will give you the benefit of doubt that you was unaware and give you a chance to stop. If you do not stop then you will get a 3 month ban. If you wish to aviod this all together our advice is to be original, you will always be known better for your originality rather than your ability to copy. If you want to start a squad, be original don't copy another. If you want to start a VA, give it a fictional name, don't copy a real life one and if you want to start a aerobatic organisation or event be original don't copy another. This brings us on to the next point of our announcement, respecting the YSFHQ staff. Every member of the YSFHQ staff are in their position due to their experience, knowledge and expertise in their chosen fields. We all have many years of experience in YSFlight, most dating back to YSP1 we have all worked hard to make YSFlight and the English speaking community what it is today. We are by no means saying that demand your respect or even deserve it, what we are saying is that we have enough experience to be in the positions we are hat when we tell you that what you are doing should stop that you should stop. If we tell you to stop something, stop, if you do not agree then you can put your case in a mature way to the staff team. The mature way to put your point to the staff team is NOT to just carry on as if we haven't spoken to you about it. You may not like what we decide but you must respect it and do it, you can always post a topic in the complaints forum if you think we have been to hard or unreasonable with you. That said, we will not take breaking the law or bringing this site and/or YSFlight into disrepute lightly. We are here to build this site and promote YSFlight in a positive way, copying and annoying members of the 'big boy' sims is not promoting Ysflight in a positive way. Some of you may know, but for those who don't, this announcement has had to be made after Alpha Star refused to stop using the VFAT brand in his YS-VFAT. This broke VFAT's copyright and the law. After staff asked him to stop he carried on deciding that he was right and we where wrong. He lied to us, telling us that he had permission from members of VFAT. We found out this fact to be a lie, and that the users he named to no be real people. He was banned because of his refusal to follow our advice and later demands to stop using VFAT. He was banned for 3 months for not respecting the authority and wishes of the YSFHQ staff and owners of VFAT. Anyone who breaks copyright laws and disrespects YSFHQ staff can expect a 3 month ban. Thank you for your cooperation, VSFHQ admin and moderation team. Copyright: noun 1. the exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video, etc.: works granted such right by law on or after January 1, 1978, are protected for the lifetime of the author or creator and for a period of 50 years after his or her death. Trademark: noun 1. any name, symbol, figure, letter, word, or mark adopted and used by a manufacturer or merchant in order to designate his or her goods and to distinguish them from those manufactured or sold by others. A trademark is a proprietary term that is usually registered with the Patent and Trademark Office to assure its exclusive use by its owner. 2. a distinctive mark or feature particularly characteristic of or identified with a person or thing. Plagiarism: noun 1. the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work, as by not crediting the author: It is said that he plagiarized Thoreau's plagiarism of a line written by Montaigne. Synonyms: appropriation, infringement, piracy, counterfeiting; theft, borrowing, cribbing, passing off. 2. something used and represented in this manner: Well-respected publishers are developing a sharper eye for plagiarism in submitted manuscripts. Respect: noun 1. a particular, detail, or point (usually preceded by in ): to differ in some respect. 2. relation or reference: inquiries with respect to a route. 3. esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability: I have great respect for her judgment. 4. deference to a right, privilege, privileged position, or someone or something considered to have certain rights or privileges; proper acceptance or courtesy; acknowledgment: respect for a suspect's right to counsel; to show respect for the flag; respect for the elderly. 5. the condition of being esteemed or honored: to be held in respect.
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