There is a site called Gmods.com, an affiliate of Olympus sites, that is mining mods from Tesnexus and other gaming mod sites. This affects not only TES games but Bioware, Runic games and others we haven't yet discovered. While it's understood that there's little that can be done about other sites that upload mods without permission, in the main they don't use underhanded and suspect methods as this site is doing to try to gain attention. They certainly don't announce their intentions on other forums to tell them they are leeching and using these other site's bandwidth as the Admin of Gmods has done. They obviously don't believe stealing to setup their site is wrong.
1. This site is hot linking to mods download links which results in bandwidth leeching.
2. Adding author information and mod entries without permission which authors CANNOT access without making an account and installing unwanted software. Some mods have the incorrect author listed.
3. Directly ignoring stated permissions in mod Readme texts and altering these Readme texts.
4. Demands you install software to be able to register an account.
5. And "possibly" attempting to make money from their actions due to their terms of reference though this isn't proven yet.
This site is also annoying to navigate and mod authors will not find their mods unless they do a search as they are not in the category lists. I found mine there only because someone told me and only after searching. After a frustrating attempt at finding a contact method that didn't error at every step, I have emailed them from the Olympus link at the bottom of the site page. However, the comment section like most of the site contact areas doesn't work.
This is the content of my email which I've also posted at Tesnexus.:
Gmods is supposedly in Beta, but this does not excuse what they are doing even after having been told numerous times it is definitely the wrong way to go about setting up a new mod site.Kreisher,
I want all of my mods removed from Gmods immediately. You do NOT have my permission as indicated categorically in my Readme texts.
If you had continued to respond in the latest thread at Tesnexus you will have seen the large list of modders who do NOT want their work there or anything to do with your site and these are only the ones who know about this.
"Tesnexus thread Link"
Failure to rectify this situation will result in even more backlash from the wider modding community than you have already earned.
Don't bother trying to justify your methods any further. Just remove my mods and any others you do not have explicit permission to host.
I will be checking to see if you comply and if not I will be taking further action.
This is against the Eula of almost every game and they are effectively stealing other people's intellectual work to try to draw attention to their site.
Gmods terms of reference.
Refer to this current thread at Tesnexus for further information.
http://www.thenexusforums.com/index.php ... ex-system/
This is an earlier thread also at Tesnexus where they were told in no uncertain terms to stop what they are doing and there was also one at the Bethsoft forums but I can't quickly find it.
http://www.thenexusforums.com/index.php ... p__3323913
Runic Games thread
Bioware Forum thread
http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic ... /6840398/1
This is a link to a video where Kreisher the site owner tries to apologize for his actions. It was posted in July, before the current situation arose.
No matter what your opinion of the behaviour of this site and it's owners is, they are in the wrong and have been threatened with legal action.
Take care when viewing the site as it's heavily Flash oriented and without adequate protection there is the risk of malware. I can't even view the site without letting NoScript (for Firefox) temporarily allow it and all I get otherwise is a blank page.