Dear SMCars members, Two recent events in this community has decided the SMCars Team to publish a statement about a plague in our lovely CG world : model theft. A model theft (to be explicit for non-English members like me) is showing a work that is not yours, while you're pretending or you're insinuating it is yours. We won't give any name here, that's not the point. But we think the SMC community deserves the right to know the facts and how the SMC Team responds to them. First case : A WIP thread by member A (name are fictitious, of course) has been brought to our attention by a member B. B just PMed the SMC Team, with some wires pictures of a commercial-of-the-shelf model. Careful inspection revealed that those wires were exactly the same for the model A showed and claimed as his own work. This mesh topology is a perfect proof to judge a model theft, because it's like the DNA of the model : two different models never share the very same mesh, even if they're done by the same artist. Given the evidences, what was the SMC Team reaction ? Things are clear for that : model theft means ban. Ban like definitive, irrevocable ban. But in this particular case, given the fact A was only 14 years old, we chose to issue only a temporary ban, to try to teach A how badly he acted. We asked them to come back after his 7-days ban, and to publicly apologize. End. Second case A long lasting flame was have been brought to SMCars by some people. One of them have been charged with model theft happened elsewhere. Then that member charged other members too. A long and sterile discussion took place, before we bring the whole story inside our modcave for investigation. That investigation revealed out that : 1/ No model theft happened here on SMCars in this particular case, or at least no one pretends a model theft happened on SMCars. 2/ Model theft may have happened elsewhere but the evidences were not that explicit. General and final thoughts We do not tolerate model theft. Never ever. Period. We do take appropriate sanctions, for the sake of the community. It already happened, it will happen again (sadly) No problem about that. We don't take sanctions for something that may have or may not have happened elsewhere. We are no omnipotent Gods, we're in charge of SMCars so we limit our action to SMCars. As a consequence, we won't ban a member who has been banned elsewhere, just because (s)he has been banned elsewhere. Your devoted Team.