TheLab.gr rips off PSU round-up

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when you spend months working on something only to have it ripped off, flattery doesn’t quite cut it. Our recent 11-way PSU round-up is the latest TR article to be shamelessly plagarized, this time by TheLab.gr. The site has essentially ripped the entire article, and in a stunning display of professionalism, it’s hosting the images at PhotoBucket.

Update — We should note that TheLab.gr has pulled our content from its site. Move along.

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    • RootX
    • 12 years ago

    Hi all,

    in case you haven’t noticed, both posts have been edited; photos have been removed and posts now contain a brief description and links to the reviews(like before).

    Kind regards

    Dimitrios.

    • dubber
    • 12 years ago

    Wrong post, sorry.

    • RootX
    • 12 years ago

    Dear Mr Gasior and TR members,

    My name is Dimitrios Giannopoulos and I’m a member of the administrative team of the TheLab.gr.
    We were informed of an unfortunate incident involving one of our news posters. It appears that he didn’t treat your work according to our site policies.
    However it was not his intention to present your excellent review as a review performed by our site, rather than to present it in a easier manner to a non-English spoken audience.
    The article was posted under our news section(not under reviews) and there was no reference at all that it was TheLab.gr that performed the review. The link at the bottom right was pointing to TR site and Mr Gasior was referred as the review owner.
    Both posts have been edited in a more appropriate manner.
    Please accept our sincere apologies.

    For the TheLab.gr

    Dimitrios Giannopoulos

      • steelcity_ballin
      • 12 years ago

      While it’s a start, In my opinion the article should be removed and mentioned in a brief overview – if even that – and then linked to entirely. What was done is still plagiarism regardless of the credit given.

        • Nitrodist
        • 12 years ago

        Should they just put [quote] tags around the story?

          • just brew it!
          • 12 years ago

          If they’re quoting the whole (or most of) the article, that’s still plagarism.

        • DrCR
        • 12 years ago

        Not plagiarism now, with proper sourcing, but copyright infringement. Plagiarism is unethical, IP infringement is illegal.

        They legally need to remove the content, unless TR licenses them their IP. Photobucket needs to remove the images as well.

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 12 years ago

      Thank you very much for your response. I respect your actions and want to extend you a very sincere apology from myself for assuming that it was the website as a whole who was responsible.

    • Hance
    • 12 years ago

    I thought about signing up to their forums and spamming goatse 10,000 times : ) my kinda guy forge

    • Forge
    • 12 years ago

    Or maybe we can just sic me on them. Scott can sign me on as official attack dog, and I’ll just promise not to break any important laws while vigorously defending the IP. 😛

    I’m sure some scripting, Tor, and a good copy of goatse could get a lot of attention real fast.

      • Inkling
      • 12 years ago

      Heh… I like that… not breaking any “important” laws.

    • JJCDAD
    • 12 years ago

    I notice that site has a link to the TR article and a credit to Geoff. I’m sure it’s still not kosher, but still…

      • eitje
      • 12 years ago

      takes away ad revenue, for one.

    • Jigar
    • 12 years ago

    Nice job United Gerbils

    • derFunkenstein
    • 12 years ago

    Oh, now they’re being classy at the VERY VERY end of the “article” with a link to the original.

    edit: guess the Greek doesn’t work very well with ja.zz

    • steelcity_ballin
    • 12 years ago

    That’s pretty lousy of them to do. How can any site claim any journalistic integrity or have plans to be more than just a fanboy site at some point, when you do things like this?

    Maybe Johnny won’t notice and question their methods now too 😀

    • Dposcorp
    • 12 years ago

    Wow.

    They even have the paragragh about how the beast was built.

    What a bunch of idiots.

    I know watermarks on the photos might help down the road, but what can be done now for this article?

    • gratuitous
    • 12 years ago
      • jobodaho
      • 12 years ago

      Still adding no value to this forum.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 12 years ago

        Less filling!

      • mach
      • 12 years ago

      I’m greek, I don’t really hang out at thelab, it’s just another half-decent technology forum. That ripped article is simply a forum post, not really a review and certainly not worth all this fuss 🙂

        • FubbHead
        • 12 years ago

        You thought so too, eh. I think some people here over-react just a tad. But of course, one could always ask the author to at least put a disclamer a litte bit more visible, up at the top.

        • totoro
        • 12 years ago

        That’s sort of what it looked like to me, too.
        Although copy-pasting the entire article is a little irksome, at least they transloaded the images to photobucket so TR doesn’t pay any extra costs.
        The second article was more of a link than a rip off, I think it’s better that way.
        §[< http://www.thelab.gr/showthread.php?s=341404756fd6d25b2a9f8c7f136a348e&threadid=43333<]§

    • Jon
    • 12 years ago

    The real question now begs to be asked, how can you make the content on the site uncopyable and what are the pros and cons of doing so?

      • king_kilr
      • 12 years ago

      No real way, the best you could do is watermarks.

        • Flying Fox
        • 12 years ago

        They will just post them as is anyways.

          • Jon
          • 12 years ago

          I’ve seen a method whereby right-clicking on a site is disabled, but I don’t know if it only applies to Windows or if it’s across the OS board. You want to make it as difficult, and as much of a hassle, as possible for people to rip images. If they have to resort to taking full screenshots and then cropping the images it’s just that much more of a hassle for them to do.

            • kvndoom
            • 12 years ago

            But you can temporarily turn off Java(script) and bypass right-click blocking.

            Somebody (don’t remember who), one time was posting their final articles as either .pdf or as Flash objects. So the page was realistically a big image and not normal format.

            • krazyredboy
            • 12 years ago

            Yeah, but an even easier way to get it is by simply taking a screenshot.

            • bhtooefr
            • 12 years ago

            Opera by default bypasses right-click blocking, too.

            • just brew it!
            • 12 years ago

            Disabling right clicks is easy to bypass. The images will still be in the browser cache, and there are other ways to download content from a web server as well (e.g. the *[

        • etilena
        • 12 years ago

        yes, maybe TR should start stamping their logo on one of the corners of the posted images or run light text over the image itself that shows the owners of the picture without obscuring the content too much

          • FubbHead
          • 12 years ago

          I agree. Put a little watermark techreport URL in each image.

    • king_kilr
    • 12 years ago

    Wow it still references the TR forums… pathetic.

      • krazyredboy
      • 12 years ago

      Yeah, I agree, that’s completely unprofessional and utterly pathetic.

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