As some of you may be aware, Sims4Forum has been copying and hosting sims 4 content from all over the web, without explicit permission from the creators. Indeed, in some cases, they have hosted content that specifically had a TOU stating not to upload elsewhere. Additionally, the site is monetized allowing the forum owner to profit from these works that have been stolen from around the web and hosted without permission. Despite his claims, this IS copyright infringment.
Copyrights include intellectual property that is "fixed in a tangible medium of expression". The owner is the only one with the right to control reproduction, redistribution, and display of the work. Also, the copyright ownership is valid as soon as the work is fixed in the tangible medium. What does that mean for sims? If you have created any piece of custom content, it is fixed in a tangible medium of expression. It's no longer just an idea and therefore, you are the sole owner of that piece of work. You have copyright over the items you have produced and it cannot be distributed or displayed without your permission. (Source: Copyright Basics; AllLaw.com)
So what can you do if your content is being hosted somewhere you did not authorize?
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I hope those of you who've bought TS4 are enjoying playing it, and those of you who haven't are enjoying the immense satisfaction of that. We have a bunch of TS4-related updates for you today:
Sims 4 Studio
The Simlgical guys have released a new modding tool called Sims 4 Studio, which you can check out here. Make sure you've updated your copy of ColorMagic too, as the latest version includes some important bugfixes!
We've now put our first lot of TS4 upload moderation rubrics, and Creator Guidelines, live. We're learning as we go just like you guys, so please forgive any mistakes, and feel free to question or bend anything that doesn't seem to make sense. If you're uploading a groundbreaker, don't worry about the lack of rules - just make sure you're giving all the textual and pictoral info you reasonably can, and we'll be very happy to host your lovely ... read more
Today I have very sad news to share with you all - one of our long term members, Mootilda, had been ill with cancer for some time. On Monday 1st September she was admitted to hospital and died peacefully on Tuesday morning. This announcement post gives us the opportunity to share our condolences with her family and to remember her for all the great mods she made for us, and more importantly, to remember her for her great character and her kindness in helping others.
Mootilda was a highly respected member of the community and could frequently be found helping out in modding discussions and help forums. She was an accomplished programmer who loved to share her knowledge with others as well as being a site helper here on MTS for a number of years, and contributed extensively to the site and the community.
Mootilda - we will miss you, rest in peace. read more
Today is the day when Sims 4 gets released in the US (and many other countries, but not here in EU yet...). I hope you are looking forward to the game, even with it's differences from TS3 and TS2.
If you want to join in the discussion, have a look at our Discussion forums here. If you need help (please remember this is a brand new game!) click here.
I hope you enjoy your game! read more
I'm back from the pits of incompetence! And very, very happy to congratulate and thank all the tonnes of fantastic new creators we've had in the past... while. Or so. read more
Most of you have probably heard by now that EA have been offering a new Sims 2 Ultimate Collection for free via Origin, to anyone who has any Sims 2 game. The Ultimate Collection is a compilation of Collection Packs, meaning that it contains all of the Sims 2 EPs and SPs, and it was also promised to include exclusive content, although no-one seems to have found any exclusive content yet.
Well, from today until Thursday 31st July, EA are offering the Ultimate Collection for free, to absolutely anyone!
For instructions on how to get your free copy of Ultimate Collection, click here. You will have to install Origin to download and install Ultimate Collection, unfortunately.
If you want to keep playing using your disks, register for UC but don't download it.
Having both regular game and UC installed at the same time will break at least one of them, and uninstalling either will partially uninstall both. Once you've registered the code, that's all you need to do - UC will stay on your Origin account until you want to actually install it.
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A great debate has begun raging around the sims community, and it is of the utmost importance that you weigh in and let your voice be heard on this divisive issue! read more
If you want to do a quick, silly contest, get in on the TS4's Most Wanted - one round, one picture and a bit of text showing what you want most in The Sims 4! Contest ends Sunday so you still have time! read more