maximus08 wrote:If this was the first time you had done this, I would simply chalk it up to not knowing the rules. However, you've done this several times before.
Obviously, from your other rejections, you should know you can't trace photos for your shirt entries.
When I first saw people get rejected for photo use, I thought an instant one-month ban would be appropriate for plagiarism. Having watched a little longer, I've come to terms with the fact that most people are incapable of reading the directions, and won't learn about the photo rule until one is rejected.
But that's not so complicated. One gimme for ignorance, entirely at Woot's discretion, is a fine idea. And once you've been warned, or if the mods have good reason to believe you're already aware (like you've been actively commenting in the derby for a year), straight to three or six month bans from the Derby.
Sometimes intellectual property is a hazy, fiddly, hard-to-judge thing. But sometimes it isn't. No tracing in the Derby. Tracing should be ban-worthy. It's that simple.