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Ultimate-Guitar stealing our work

LP
Posts: 160
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The reason I left UG in the first place is their restrictive tabbing standards. After having several tabs rejected based solely on format (despite my format being clean and easy to follow, if I say so myself) I started looking around and found this place.What's odd is that the thieves are basically copying and pasting my tabs – with my format intact – and UG is accepting them. They won't approve my format when I submit, but they'll approve my format when a thief submits it? How does that make sense?

It doesn't make any sense and I understand your frustration. Your hassles with UG in submitting tabs is also shared by others I have heard. Have you tried submitting lately just to see if it has improved in any way?
Sadly unless you can get in there first to submit, the thieves will only continue.

Is there any way that BBT could get involved and contact UG? Could that be possible to share your concerns?
2nick3
Posts: 346
I'll start adding a tag to any tabs I submit (yeah, I know, the number is at 1 right now and unlikely to grow quickly) saying something like:

If you find this tab on any site except BigBassTabs.com please give it a poor rating, as the poster stole it from BigBassTabs.com, and therefore is a jerk.

It won't help much, but if they tab thief is doing it to get the attention of a high rating on the tab it might spoil their fun.
LP
Posts: 160
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I'll start adding a tag to any tabs I submit (yeah, I know, the number is at 1 right now and unlikely to grow quickly) saying something likef you find this tab on any site except BigBassTabs.com please give it a poor rating, as the poster stole it from BigBassTabs.com, and therefore is a jerk.It won't help much, but if they tab thief is doing it to get the attention of a high rating on the tab it might spoil their fun.

Good idea! I look forward to hearing if you have any success with this action.
LoudLon [moderator]
Posts: 1678
A user on UG who saw one of my comments directed me to a thread where you can post the UG links for your stolen tabs and a mod will edit them to credit you – but only if the person who submitted it to UG is unregistered. Of the 30-some links I posted in that thread as having been stolen, the mod was able to credit me for all but five of them, because those five were posted by registered users.

But I do think the door should swing both ways. I've never stolen someone else's tabs but there are plenty of tabs here that some of our users took from UG. Just do your own work, for Pete's sake. If you suck so bad at tabbing or are so lazy that you need to steal someone else's shit, you have no business tabbing at all. Go learn how to knit or something instead.
LP
Posts: 160
I'm pleased that you had some success Lon with UG. It's not perfect but it's something.
Marko1960
Posts: 2716
And I'm pleased I've been vindicated over the two way traffic of tab theft. I really can't see what people are gaining by passing other people's tabs off as their own, they won't get an MBE or a VC, just some smug satisfaction that some unknown stranger thinks they're great





…even though they know they aren't
the60's
Posts: 26
Is this still going on?
LoudLon [moderator]
Posts: 1678
I check every day since this thread was started, but only for my own tabs. A couple more of mine showed up since the last time I mentioned it in this thread, but it's been a couple weeks ago now, and nothing since. I'm hoping the stink I raised over there and the fact that I left comment with every stolen tab I found has dismayed people from stealing from here anymore (though I'm not near naive enough to believe that lol).

I encourage all tabbers here here to check the link seanmo originally provided (and that I've copied below) to make sure your tabs aren't being stolen as well.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/fresh?type=bass&group_by=song&order=date
2nick3
Posts: 346
Lon - that's kind of sad that you feel you have to check every day. People can really suck. It would be nice if there was a way to tag the tabs published here so they would be easy to search for on UG, but as they don't have content search doing something like this wouldn't work:

G:|—————————————————|—————————————————|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|—————————————————|

But it would make a copied tab stand out pretty clearly once you look at it. But that's a lot of work for the tabbers here to need to do.


LoudLon [moderator]
Posts: 1678
I told one of the mods over on UG, when they asked if I was sure a certain tab was mine, that I include a kind of hidden signature in all my tabs that identifies them as mine. I won't say what they are (because I have more than one that I'll sometimes vary from tab to tab) but I started doing it the first time I saw one of my tabs show up on some other site. There have been many times when the person who stole the tab tinkered with it to make it appear as their own, but they failed to edit out that little hidden detail because, of course, they didn't know it was there.

And yeah, it is kind of sad that I feel I have to check every day. It means I need to get a life!

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