Modding is no less subject to copyright than any other creative work (excepting extreme EULAs). Ripping off other people's efforts is a detriment to the community; it causes fights and discourages the people actually creating new content from modding further. And it makes you look like a petty jerk.
This statement might make sense if i've actually ever ripped off anything from a modder(which I haven't). So save your missapropriated comments for someone actually doing something wrong. Also an emotional response isn't conducive to having a rational conversation.
As for being "petty" and a "jerk", i just smile at these. You have a lack of proper proportion and don't seem to understand that EVERYONE is petty at times, that EVERYONE can is a jerk at times. What you fail to understand is WHY i chose to be a jerk at this point in time to sinperium.
Stealing other people's mod work is a totally bitch move, i agree here. I wouldn't do it. Your assumption that I would says a lot about who you are, as during the conversation this was never discussed. Just because someone takes up a position and defends it doesn't mean that you can assume they are the extreme of that position themselves. Therefore your perception of them can be applied as an assumption. When you assume you make an ASS out of U and ME.
Your position still doesn't negate the fact that EULA's are largely untested in court and therefore a "toilet paper defense".
And no, modding isn't the same as dealing with copyrighted/trademarked/etc. material, because even though you "feel" that your work is your own, its IP that you have developed and therefore you will have to fork over the cash to really defend it.
A wealthy modder is not one you want to steal work from, but a poor modder really doesn't have the resources because they have the means to defend themselves. I bet most of your modders aren't wealthy and couldn't afford legal representation, which is why it comes down to forum spats with moderators hurrying to calm things down so the entire community doesn't get destroyed.
Modding is a legal gray area that I would prefer to continue to exist. All of these pro SOPA types will effectively kill free development and free business if they attempt to limit 3rd party free development. I find it funny that the entertainment industry wants tougher controls on IP so they can increase revenue(via preventing revenue lost), yet at the same time they will alienate a much larger portion of their consumer base because the ability to participate and revel in their creations would be so limited. So in effect, Kill the extremely profitable word of mouth advertising to achieve a short term temporary increase in sales. Everyone knows (or should know) how expensive advertising is these days...
Game companies that support SOPA in particular aren't really aware about how much free feedback really helps them stay on target so they actually do have a revenue stream in the first place. Perhaps our society should become fully mercenary and gamers will start heavily charging companies for beta testing. You could kiss your profit margin goodbye.
Does stardock support the ideas behind SOPA, kryo?