After a great deal of debate and consideration we are revising our rules and stance regarding recasting. As has previously been pointed out, our past stance was a clear double-standard as it smiled on some recasters while frowning on others. Our revised stance levels the playing field and gives no preferential treatment. We are also taking a strong stance regarding the accusing of fellow members here at TDH. In the past we have had a rather vague policy in which we expected the accused to prove their innocence. This will no longer be practiced or allowed as it presumes the accused to be guilty.
While we realize that recasting is almost an inherent part of this hobby and that this subject will always be something of a grey area, we hope this revision is not only more fair, but also will help simplify a complicated issue.
Copying or duplicating, any item, with or without modification, without consent from the license holder, original creator, original artist, trademark holder, or copyright holder IS recasting. Deliberately recasting another member’s creation without consent is not supported by this community.
If an accusation of recasting is made, the burden of proof falls solely on the accuser. It is not the responsibility of the accused to prove their innocence in any form. The Dented Helmet chooses to believe our members are innocent until proven guilty, not guilty until they can provide proof of their innocence. It is not the job of the administration to determine if an individual has recast, only their job to administer punishment if an accuser provides definitive proof of recasting.