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Hi Ranchers,

Do you think it is ethically correct for a web site to copy the contents published at another web site and publish it as its own contents???

JavaBeat.net has ILLEGALLY COPIED the mock exams of cafe4java.com and hosted it on its own web site.

http://cafe4java.com/mockexams/scjp/mock1/q1.php is copied to http://www.javabeat.net/javabeat/scjp5/mocks/MockExam03.php

It is **so unfortunate** and a shame that though some of us know about this, we can hardly make any difference!!

Can some of the ranchers stand up and fight against this illegal copy of contents by web sites, who try to be successful without working hard themselves???

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Thanks for pointing this out, Andy.

As you may have noticed over time, we take a firm line against copyright violations. Thus I have contacted the founder of JavaBeat and asked him to explain what's going on. Should no satisfactory answer be provided, we'd certainly make sure to remove any links to that material from JavaRanch.
 
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Content will be removed within one day.
We have taken the mock exams from our writers. may be we failed to check the copy scape of the materials submitted by our writers. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for pointing out the source.
 
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Ulf Dittmer,

Thanks for your efforts.

>>>>>>
We have taken the mock exams from our writers. may be we failed to check the copy scape of the materials submitted by our writers
>>>>>>

However, I do not agree with the above statement from Krishna Srinivasan.
The test from Cafe4Java, posted at JavaBeat's website constains the word 'Cafe4Java' in almost all the questions. How can the management team at JavaBeat overlook it, when its writer submitted the mock exam to it???

JavaBeat.net has copied contents from a number of web sites over the last past months. For example, when you register at JavaBeat.net, it emails soft copy of a number of mock exams, and e-books at the registered email address. Almost all of this material is copied from other web sites (without a mention of the website name) and also contains soft copies of the books, which are not free of cost.

JavaBeat.net is **promoting software/ website contents piracy** and I think its **high time** that strict actions should be taken against it.

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Well, never having heard of Cafe4Java, seeing that in code wouldn't have tipped me off.

But you're right that the mock exam mentioned isn't the only thing on that site that violates copyright. It took me very little time to find articles that contained large sections of material that were copied verbatim from elsewhere, allegedly written by this guy. Those had better be gone soon, too.
[ August 16, 2007: Message edited by: Ulf Dittmer ]
 
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Ulf Dittmer,

Thanks for your time.

Now, are the ranchers/ bartenders/ Java community going to take any legal action against such web sites?? Where can be lodge a complaint against such web sites so that more of these kind of web sites do not start, who just 'copy' the hard work of others and give it their name??

Thanks.

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Sheriff Members,

Do you think it is a good idea to create and display a list of websites on JavaRanch, which promote/ practice violation of copyrights??

Javaranch can request the Java community to avoid using services of all these web sites. I guess this will be a good step in checking such web sites.

Thanks.

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[Andy]: Now, are the ranchers/ bartenders/ Java community going to take any legal action against such web sites??

Unlikely. I would think that's up to the owners of the copyrights. We can do things like help report violators to the appropriate copyright owners, when we know how to reach them. But I doubt we have legal standing to file a lawsuit.

[Andy]: Do you think it is a good idea to create and display a list of websites on JavaRanch, which promote/ practice violation of copyrights??

The problem with that is that such a list would also be a resource for people looking for free illegal copies of copyrighted material. I think such a list would do more damage than good, if we post it.
 
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:

Unlikely. I would think that's up to the owners of the copyrights. We can do things like help report violators to the appropriate copyright owners, when we know how to reach them. But I doubt we have legal standing to file a lawsuit.




I support the view that respective copyright owners be informed about the violators. But to file a lawsuit we would be third-parties.



The problem with that is that such a list would also be a resource for people looking for free illegal copies of copyrighted material. I think such a list would do more damage than good, if we post it.



Absolutely.
 
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Meanwhile, I've removed links to the site from our FAQ section. As long as it contains problematic material, it's not appropriate to link to it.
 
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Jim/ Ulf,

I agree with your view reagrding the list. Thanks very much for your time.

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Andy
 
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