As many of you may have noticed it is no longer possible to download mods as a guest anymore. Only logged-in users are able to find download links to the content provided by starcitizenmods.com. However, you may still browse the database and leave comments via Disqus.
This has a very specific reason:
For many months now we have tried to warn everyone on multiple occasions about the consequences of what we like to call “mod plagiarism”. Several users that remain nameless for security purposes have repeatedly been taking other people’s hard work and adding it to their own ‘modpacks’, using foreign assets without first consulting the author to ask for permission or even claiming they created the mod in question on their own. This has become somewhat of a large problem recently, since many of these so-called modders are gaining a massive increase in popularity from sites like Youtube where potential supporters are drawn to pretty titles and the promise of an all-in-one essential assortment of mods. And they do receive massive support!
Some of them even make money off of this process by using ad links, taking money directly from the content creators. They argue that the content is not theirs to begin with, but in a lot of cases, modders create unique content from scratch and are losing out as a consequence.
Most of the modders who are affected provide their content for free, they have no monetary gain at all from their work. In addition they have already stated that in most cases they would have given the permission to include it in a different mod, if the uploader would have asked beforehand.
Unfortunately, this never happened. Because of this the community has lost many of their best, and interest in continuing to provide content for everyone is declining.
To secure the interests of those who are giving their best to serve the community we are now more actively enforcing the board rules. We are sorry if this is an inconvenience for all of you, but considering the alternative we think it is a step we have to take.
– Val E Ryon & Komodo