Hi Fellow Simmers,
It appears that FSPlanet.com has crossed the boundary and is now prepared to even publish software that is Licensed and in breach of international laws in relation to copyright and denying the authors the rightful payments due for the copies that are being illegally available from their site.
The product being distributed by FSPlanet is the AN225 by Thomas Ruth and IFC textures by Garry J. Smith. It is a self extracting executable file with a comprehensive statement included in the Licensing area of the file stating that distribution from unauthorised sites warrants a fee of $2.00US per copy distributed.
They have had the product available since Saturday the 23 October and it is still available despite frequent e-mails to request it's removal.
FSPlanet has even published this without proper acknowledgement that I am the developer of the International FlightSim Convention (IFC) textures.
They are also obviously choosing to ignore the Licensing Statements both within the installation program and the accompanying TEXT file.
For every copy downloaded by patron of FSPlanet both Thomas Ruth and I are being denied our rightful commission for the unauthorised copies downloaded of that product.
FSPlanet.com are ignoring all electronic correspondence from both myself and my legal representatives in regards to this matter.
The only point of contact for the extensive staff of FSPlanet.com is email@example.com - there is no postal address, no forum or any other method of contact available and they are continuing to make the AN225 file available through their site.
If you wish to examine the AN225 and the licensing statement then please do not download it from FSPlanet.com
You can obtain a legal FREE copy of the product from:
Please obtain your copy from these locations only.
I call upon flight simmers everywhere to assist me in contacting FSPlanet and getting them to respond to my or my legal representative's e-mails so that we can resolve this matter and ensure that they abide by the laws that all other FligthSim sites and patrons.
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and request that they contact me or my legal representatives in this matter - please feel free to also voice you opinion of their flagrant breach of their own policies in relation to abuse of flightsim developers and their rights.
This is not a push for money but a declaration that FSPlanet.com has no rights to abuse developers in this manner and that there are penalties due for such abuse.
I would also welcome knowledge on a physical postal address for this organisation so that appropriate papers may be served in an endeavour to recover fees and commissions due to the aircraft developer and I for each copy distributed illegally by FSPlanet.com.
Regards and happy simming to you all.