At 4/8/05 05:26 PM, ndmediaNG wrote:
Wade, I'm pretty sure that all the Xiao Xiao movies were submitted by other users, and they are still on the site.
I'm not too sure about this, but didn't the staff just make an account for Zhu Zhu and transfer all the flashes to that account? Sure, his email is linked, but I'm 100% sure that the actual author didn't submit any of the flashes, or that any of the comments on his movies were written by him.
The only reason I can see this being fair is if you emailed Zhu asking permission to keep the movies on NG. However, I'm doubtful that would have gotten a reply as he is Chinese.
Xiao Xiao 3 was also #1 on the Portal for over a month, and during this time it became undeniably clear that the submitter had not done the flash, why was it not removed then? Because it was drawing good traffic?
Sorry for questioning you guys, I've always been curious about this though.. And your post spiked my interest. :P
This sort of thing is not always a cut and dry case. There have been instances in the past where stolen submissions have passed judgement and then the original authors have been contacted and the submissions transferred over to their Newgrounds account. This was the case with Zhu - he subsequently submitted several more of his Xiao Xiao animations. The trouble with all of this is that it sometimes takes time to make contact (after the point of sending an e-mail to them it can take a while to get a response because of language barriers or other stumbling blocks).
There are more recent examples of this sort of thing. There was another artist recently (Italian, I can't remember his name) who we transferred ownership of several stolen files over to. When the artists reply and inform us that they're not happy about their submissions being on the site, they're removed.
Then there are other cases, like the account made by Skye of XGenStudios - he had an account on Newgrounds (SKyemaster), had uploaded several pieces of work under that account, including Defend Your Castle, Fishy, etc and who then had created a new account (XGenStudios) and submitted Motherload several times - each time the submission had been flagged until he brought that to our attention.
Tom and Wade usually make an attempt to contact all authors where work appears to have been stolen, although as I've already mentioned, this process can take time, for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the outcome of making that contact is that the movies are transferred over to their respective owners, other times, they're simply deleted from the site.