I followed the link provided, and have been bouncing around to some of the different fan sites as well. I would have to say after reading the evidence Elmer has provided, the plagiarism is fairly obvious. I think its a shame that things are starting to get ugly over this, but if I have to stand behind anyone its the Admins here at ZAM.
I am a student, and all I have to say is that plagiarism is serious business. My college is very strict on this issue. They are pretty laid back on a lot of issues, but you can get kicked out of the school for plagiarism. There is no first warning, you do it and you are gone. I know the internet is a bit loose on some of the legality, but in the business world it would be grounds for a law suite. I think at this point FFXIVCore should do some damage control ASAP. Admit the wrong doing, get rid of the phoney, eliminate the plagiarized materials, and extend a public appology before they do irreparable damage to themselves (assuming it is not too late). However, I will never visit their site again.
I would also like to add that a couple of the Admins on staff here are good friends of mine. I also know them to be good people (Pikko, Thayos). I like this community overall, and I like the articles here. No kissing of developers' asses either. If their is an issue, they bring them to task.
Lastly, I just want to make sure that Elmer knows how much many of us love the addtional content he brings to this site. It took courage for him to stand up against this plagiarism against his hard work, and I applaud him for that. On a more personal note: I have been thrilled since Elmer became an Admin here, and I feel like a kid at christmas when I am able to get access to the translated Japanese media contenet he provides for us. Keep up the awesome work ZAM Admins.
Edited, Aug 23rd 2009 12:23am by AmsaimSutavarg
I also want double eyepatches, to increase my pirate bravado.