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Stolen Resource

Discussion in 'Tes Authors' Group' started by sabyrne, Dec 5, 2016.


Have you had a resource stolen?

  1. Yes

    13 vote(s)
  2. No

    5 vote(s)
  3. Don't know

    27 vote(s)
  1. mathsmutt

    mathsmutt Star commenter

    If those downloads translated directly to sales,the royalties would be huge.
    marlin likes this.
  2. grallert

    grallert New commenter

    I see that you volunteer to help members find their way around the forums. I have been a contributor of resources for many years but am trying to take a more proactive approach to marketing my resources and also getting more involved in discussions.Do you have any advice for someone who is really insecure about things like "tweets", "threads" and such. I have difficulty just finding my way around the website. Any help would be gratefully received but it would have to be idiot-proof!
    mathsmutt likes this.
  3. vuvuzela

    vuvuzela Occasional commenter

    I don't wish to be rude, but some of you guys really need to start to think like marketers if you are going to sell to anything like your full potential. It takes a lot more work to market your stuff than it ever took to create it. When I first branched out into IM about a decade ago and asked some very rookie questions, someone said to me, "Don't take this the wrong way, but you need an education." They were right!
    mathsmutt likes this.
  4. TES Resource Team

    TES Resource Team Occasional commenter Institute Enrolment Advisor

    When the Tes website is used to share and sell materials, all content must be uploaded by the person who has created and has ownership of those resources. Sharing and selling someone else's content is unacceptable, clear misuse of the website and we will look into all cases as soon as we know about them.

    To report a resource, please use the 'report a problem' button on the resource page or email help@tes.com with the resource URL. This ensures the problem is raised quickly with the correct team.
  5. mathsmutt

    mathsmutt Star commenter

    Hi @grallert ,
    I' m not into social media, but was Pinterested by an article by @TheGingerTeacher :


    (Yes, I'm now addicted to pinning cats, dogs and cartoons!):oops:

    For Twitter, I believe that @TheGingerTeacher ,@JaquesJaquesLiverot ,@iGCSE101 ,@marlin ,@Littlesherbetlemon and @Krazikas are a good source of knowledge.

    A thread is just a discussion.

    Here is such a thread:


    Good luck
  6. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Not me - I have no experience on Twitter- sorry.
    mathsmutt likes this.
  7. mathsmutt

    mathsmutt Star commenter

  8. mathsmutt

    mathsmutt Star commenter

    Glad to read this. Given that the actions of a few will tarnish the reputation of all authors, how soon will we see that action has been taken ?
  9. zwizih

    zwizih New commenter

    Then do something about it
    I reported plagiarised resources back in December they are still there and still making money for both the author and yourselves.

    O.K. so lets do some of your job for you
    Go to
    and choose a resource at random
    lets say
    Now go to
    and search for
    "The final days of WWI" (the title shown on the title slide in the preview - this is important)
    and what do we get

    Hey lets try another at random
    a quick search on
    brings up

    Not convinced then lets try
    For a bit of variety we'll go to
    and here we have

    Do you get my point ?

    I know there's lots of resources and I know it will take a lot of time but you have to do something, else many authors like myself will simply vote with our feet

    Now, perhaps our "author" is a prolific generator of resources and submits their work to a variety of sites or maybe they just use the intro slide - if so then fair enough
    But if I were the owners of a site like this and I had paid out close on £90,000 to a single author , I'd check

    Oh BTW if you want, I'll check the resources for you , my rates are reasonable - certainly a great deal less than £90,000
    EC_Resources, mathsmutt and marlin like this.
  10. EC_Resources

    EC_Resources Occasional commenter

    That guy is pretty well known for nicking stuff. I'm surprised he's not been banned.
    cate_h and mathsmutt like this.
  11. grallert

    grallert New commenter

  12. grallert

    grallert New commenter

    I take your point but that is exactly what I am trying to do - get an education. How do I do that to find my way around the Tes website?
    mathsmutt likes this.
  13. mathsmutt

    mathsmutt Star commenter

    Last edited: Aug 26, 2017
    marlin likes this.
  14. richardtock

    richardtock New commenter


    Plagiarism is a massive issue with this website, and TES don't take it seriously because

    1) They clearly don't dedicate a good amount of staff to rooting it out
    2) They don't sanction a resource creator for plagiarism. They merely remove the resource. This is not good enough.

    It is simply not good enough.
  15. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member


    Thank you for flagging up the resources that you believe are copyrighted.

    I would urge members to report resources that you believe may contain copyrighted material to ensure that the content is flagged up to the relevant team.
    newromantic and mathsmutt like this.
  16. zwizih

    zwizih New commenter

    Praise where praise is due

    Well done TES for removing the plagiarised resources and their author that I pointed out some time ago.
    I hope this is a positive step towards a much more vigilant approach to this recurring problem
  17. vuvuzela

    vuvuzela Occasional commenter

    I am puzzled by the question. if you found your way here to post, you already know your way around the website. You just follow the links and see where they take you.
  18. FullShelf

    FullShelf New commenter

    @Tes_Author_Team @TES Resource Team @TES_Rosaline

    URGENT: I am posting on this thread to see if there is anyone out there at TES who could assist with this. My last email has gone unanswered.

    Three of my highest-selling premium resources have been illegally copied and parts of them have been posted by another user on TES for free with just a few font and picture changes in two cases and slightly more changes in a third case. These copies have already been downloaded around 200 times in just four days. I emailed you about this over 24 hours ago. All I have had back is a message at 9.30 this morning saying that the resource team will deal with it as a priority. I also highlighted to you that this user has illegally copied other paid-for resources from elsewhere and is selling them on TES too. In addition, this user was recently made a TES recommended author, yet only a quick glance at what they have uploaded shows a diverse range of styles and formats that suggests they are not all the user’s own work. I have since found the origins of several of them elsewhere.

    I have asked you, at the very least, to suspend the copied resources while you investigate this. It is extremely time sensitive as one of the resources involved is a Halloween one. It is impacting on my sales and reputation and I am extremely disappointed with the amount of time it is taking to resolve this.

    I am also a Gold author and was under the impression that as such I was due extra speedy attention. There are now many illegal copies of my resources in circulation and this continues to grow. Surely it is a simple process to suspend them immediately while you look into it? As this is a legal matter, I expect to hear back from you in the very near future. Full details of the affected resources can be found in my email and I can also provide you with details of other authors who are affected, if required.

    Fellow authors – have any of you had similar experiences? Were you able to get them resolved? Thanks.
  19. A1EnglishResources

    A1EnglishResources New commenter

    This sounds dreadful; please post it to the Tes Authors’ Facebook group as it seems to have more regular users than this forum.
    FullShelf likes this.
  20. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Loving the irony ...

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