Regrettably, legally, none of us are authorized to speak on behalf of another person’s work. We simply do not have the mandate for this. Complaints to the effect serve to please the author whose rights have been infringed on, showing support for their rights to their intellectual property and reassuring one another that we would speak out if we see someone being wronged - and to piss off the pure playerbase, equally.
I’m, personally, a case of a content creator who doesn’t give much of a damn about stuff of mine being reuploaded elsewhere, including without attribution. I would be highly displeased to see people acting independently to shame others who’ve done this, though. Like back with the
Gaming.io case - I take this kind of thing as a compliment. It means I’ve managed to create something that’s good enough that other people would want to preserve and/or steal it. This kind of mentality exists, too, and hangs around and works here.
Far as it’s been settled in the world at large to date, this stuff comes down to that takedown requests need to come from the copyright holder or a party authorized to act on their behalf. If hosting platforms react to copyright violation complaints by third parties, they piss off the users, lose content, and get "Hey! Quit that! These people don’t speak for me!"s from authors who don’t want this kind of thing to be persecuted by third parties.
Depressingly, this is how the world works. :-/ See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil is a huge part of the default mode of operations in a lot of things. Tax loopholes are a fun topic for this, too. It’s difficult to picture when you’re Lawful-leaning and actually respect and appreciate rules - but for a lot of people, in practice, rules may as well not exist at all unless somebody complains - hence “Shut it, you dirty filthy snitch!”.
On the Vault, there’s an unusually high appreciation for order (this is a library) and considerateness (this is a collaborative environment), logic (we’re programmers) and the freedom of and respect for the will of the individual (we’re artists). But that’s very much not the norm world-wide. The things we’d see cause to rebuke over here make us anal-retentive bossy troublemakers who need to be taken down a peg elsewhere.
Remember what happened when Beyoncé wanted that picture taken off the internet. X_x The Chaotic Neutrals and Chaotic Evils of the world are legion, Andarian. Struggling is pointless. Complaining makes things worse. The way to fight them is to smile and laugh and not give a shit - and, occasionally, if money’s involved, to alert the lawyers… and then go right back to not giving a shit and enjoying life. Use environments like Steam for what they are; ways to gain publicity for your books. They’re not a community, not a place to be a person and learn and grow and interact with other minds, they’re a buffet table.
As whomever sent Tarot that PM mentioned earlier wisely noted - sending complaints to the developer (BD) privately is an option, as they can moderate the Workshop too. But it’d be quite mean of us to push taking down unauthorized migrations onto BD - if we make them speak a word of power on the matter, they’re the ones who’ll be getting the backlash resentment from the Steam users, who are paying customers of theirs. They don’t need that kind of trouble. If we can come up with a way to handle this stuff that suspends the moral outrage on our part far enough to make tolerating some degree of misdemeanour by the Steam users possible, it’d be a very good thing for all involved parties.
Reacting by alerting authors, if active, is a very good thing to do, too. If we, when we see this kind of thing happen, let the author know, the person authorized to object can decide whether or not they want to do something about it; and, if the copyright holder complains, the migration will be taken down without fuss as by Steam rules, nothing the migrator can do about that. Knowing the lot of you, I expect Alazander’s been notified already.
I’d suggest keeping expressions of outrage over it constrained to the Vault, and to stress personal sympathy for the author more than disdain for the offenders. Stoking up enmity-by-proxy with potential customers harms the commercial authors among us as much as or more than it helps them.
::sigh:: … although I suppose conflict does generate interest, so, heck, who knows. Fuck, the world is depressing.