Well i did mention to people that i agree if a certain code of ethics was made. So here we go. First though i need to explain why licensing wads is a bad idea anyways, despite that most people in here have already explained why its a bad idea, id like to explain why we cant take action on most things regarding this.
1.) Fact is we cant license mods anyways without some legal thing haunting us. Fact is most mods use resources from other mods or games. Im sure this point was explained already but the other reasons are
2.) We cant control where its uploaded (unless your talking tspg) and if we start blacklisting those servers who host said mod without an reason as to why at least (which was being suggested here) well I may as well ask Tor for a port name change because we really wouldn't be zandronum now would we?
3.) The fact that most mods use other resources anyways we would be basically saying make your own god damn content from scratch. For a community that reuses resources for mods, this would not work and spells out doom for the modding community.
The only defence you really have here is name and shame and contacting any wad archives (TSPG, dogsoft etc) to ask them to remove it from their site. With TSPG i suppose we got it good here. All you need to do and let one of the staff know and somethings done. It should not be up to the zandronum staff to deal with this at all considering the fact that back in the day we made it so server admins had to deal with almost everything now in regards to their server. The best you could do here is tell the server admin of said cluster to stop hosting the wad.
The community has done so well to police this themselves. The best we do is remove the wad links of the posts if its found that it has content that was not really credited for on forum posts (or lack of permission etc) but thats it.
Anyways quite simply, If your making a mod or addon and you dont want to be an asshole follow these steps!
1.) If you are using resources (sprite,music,code or the whole damn thing) that were not made by you, please credit them in your WAD or readme.txt files. Ask permission first if their readme files or where ever they have included this
2.) If you get told you cant use their resource, then respect their wishes to avoid being that guy
3.) Remember its a respect thing and mod/resource authors can say no if they dont want you to make it or reuse their stuff
I cant enforce this but quite simply if you dont follow these steps, you become an asshole and the community will end up taking care of it anyways and you might get one of these bad boys
We all know reputation is everything and it applies to modding too.