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Thursday Nights fun racing / Re: Season 17 - Formula Ford
« on: February 21, 2019, 04:20:48 PM »
I wonder why they shut down? Pinged for copyright infringement?
Thanks. An interesting read.
I found this post to be the most interesting, all the "dodgy rip" brigade should read it and and have a good think.

 Sunday at 02:22 #50



    Please pardon that initial premature posting. I've been playing racing sims since GPL was introduced. Currently I focus on AC in VR. I am also an attorney (U.S.) and law professor, with extensive copyright experience, who worked for 35 years for one of the world's largest broadcasting companies. Entering into one of these debates regarding alleged copyright infringements is rather like, as we say in New York City, "touching the third rail" on an electrified railroad system. With all due respect, many well-meaning sim racing posters exhibit insufficient knowledge of copyright law and how that law actually functions throughout the real world.

    I feel compelled to weigh in here to support the rational viewpoints of Michael Hornbuckle and several others. Probably the majority of the uses of others' material about which people are concerned, certainly the non-commercial uses, fall within the concept of "fair use." So many tracks and car mods have been through so many iterations that it is literally impossible for any modder trying to work with them to gain formal copyright clearances, to the extent that any are actually necessary. Copyright law is extraordinarily complex, and the technical complexities often have limited relevance in the "real world."

    Modders, generally for no commercial gain, have contributed immeasurably to our hobby over the years. Whenever I am given the opportunity, I contribute financially to their efforts. Frankly, several of the AC Track Reboot tracks are outstanding and I doubt very much that they have in any way materially diminished the ability of any of the previous authors, whoever they may be, to appropriately profit from their work (to the extent they care).

    I would offer the following suggestions/observations: many theoretical "copyright violations" discussed in the sim racing community are probably not actual violations; while I am not going to get into an international legal debate regarding "fair use," "transformative uses," and de minimus non-commercial uses, it might make some people feel better about using some of the wonderful tracks and cars which have been the product of many authors and whose original "authors" have essentially abandoned them. Is it really preferable for a modder trying to improve worthwhile product, for no commercial gain, to cease to do so because he/she cannot afford tens of thousands of dollars for copyright searches and attorneys?

    So my suggestion is: lighten up. Many of the sanctimonious exhortations regarding copyright violations are simply wrong, either legally or practically. When individual high school teachers taped the historical documentaries of my previous employer to show to their classes, were they violating our copyright? Yes. But were we going to take action and should they have stopped – no.

    I'm writing all this because I think Race Department is a fantastic resource and I want, if possible, to help those who follow and support it. While I am prepared to be accused of being a copyright scofflaw, I think the concern over supposed copyright violations in the simracing community are dramatically (and often emotionally) overwrought and do a disservice to the wonderful modders who are simply trying to volunteer their considerable efforts and expertise to enhance enjoyment of our hobby. THE LAW is not as severe and draconian as some may believe. It is meant to foster creativity, not stifle it.

Racing general / Re: F1 2019
« on: February 21, 2019, 01:57:09 PM »
This could be good

Thursday Nights fun racing / Re: Season 17 - Formula Ford
« on: February 21, 2019, 10:06:21 AM »
Sorry you were stuffed around with the ACTrackreboot site shutting down Phil, it has closed for the foreseeable future  :'( :'( :'( :'(.

Does everyone now understand the tracks link for all tracks for the rest of the season is available at link below:

Re: Season 17 - Formula Ford
« Reply #26 on: February 15, 2019, 11:16:58 AM »


Flattop's Thursday League, (FTL)

Tracks available here.

Thanks Seanus :) :) :)

Mod Cars / Re: Alfa 158
« on: February 05, 2019, 06:16:07 PM »
I am always hoping for an amazing experience in VR which replicates the real car, I am mostly disappointed but I always remain optimistic. The GPL cars and Formula Ford are two amazing exceptions 8).

Hardware & Reviews / Re: New fanatec licensed F1 rim
« on: February 02, 2019, 07:00:53 AM »
who reads instructions
Instructions are for women ::) ;D
to read to the men when they are at their wits end ;D.

Thursday Nights fun racing / Re: Fun Run 07-02-2019
« on: February 01, 2019, 08:48:07 PM »
Server is up and after doing a quick test lap this is a week I hate to miss and it will be a fun run again at some point so I get to drive it more
What a cack Phil ;D we will have to repeat this combo 8).

Hardware & Reviews / Re: New fanatec licensed F1 rim
« on: February 01, 2019, 08:46:48 PM »
who reads instructions
Instructions are for women ::) ;D

Thursday Nights fun racing / Re: Tasmania fires
« on: January 30, 2019, 07:29:50 PM »
Hopefully some relief at last with a cool change tomorrow Phil, I hope all is well.

Thursday Nights fun racing / Re: Tasmania fires
« on: January 29, 2019, 05:43:00 PM »
You must be well and truly over by now Phil, is there any relief in site?

Thursday Nights fun racing / Re: S17 R1 - Brands Hatch - 31/01/2019
« on: January 29, 2019, 07:38:14 AM »
I'm out. >:(
Headset broke, no sound, I'll be out for a while. :'(

I hope for not too long,  I will buy you some if its too long :)
It would just not be a Flattop's Thursday without you Dave , I can go halves with Phil.

Thursday Nights fun racing / Re: S17 R1 - Brands Hatch - 31/01/2019
« on: January 28, 2019, 11:16:25 AM »
My work here is done  8)

I am finding myself braking very early and coasting quite smoothly through the corner.

Now we just have to wait for Phil to set a time that's 2 seconds faster  :o
Interesting to have fastest lap time without a fastest sector ???.

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