There has been some question with regards to users posting about potential rips.
WinCustomize.com supports users reporting violations of other people's copyrights. The forum "Permissions" (general->permissions) exists to that purpose (we are working on a new forum layout that will make this easier).
There was confusion in this thread:
Here's the deal:
WinCustomize allows FAN art. This isn't open to debate. If someone wants to upload a Superman wallpaper that they made, that's fine. If they want to submit an X-men wallpaper that is fine. If there is an issue with it, Marvel, Warner, whoever will let us know. However, in "real life" there are thousands of fan sites that post the same thing. WinCustomize does not exist in a vacuum.
We allow fan art because no one will be "confused" or "misled" by what the fan art is about. There is no confusion over the ultimate owner of the trademarks or trade dresses involved.
Ripping, however, is something different. No individual skinner or icon artist has the fame or distribution in which a "casual user" would recognize their work as opposed to being the work of someone else who uploads it or uses it in their product.
WinCustomize takes copyright and trademark rights very seriously. So if someone sees a product, service, website, skin, or theme that is making use of another individual's work that they don't think they have permisison, you should feel free to post it here to draw attention to it.
In the past we have seen our own content made use without our permission. We have seen Paul Boyer's icons used without permission. We have seen our own skins used without permission. So it is clearly a problem and as a community we should work together.
I realize there are some people who have much more stringent definitions of what copyright protection means and I realize there are those who have much looser views on what copyright means. This is not the place to debate that. We have struck a middle ground (so no one will be quite happy).
Hopefully this clears up confusion.