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Nvidia to credit Marty McFly Modding for Ansel source code

by Mark Tyson on 25 August 2016, 11:01

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Alongside the launch of the GeForce GTX 1000 Series of graphics cards Nvidia introduced a new feature called Ansel. This interesting feature had nothing to do with games performance or graphics quality but allowed a new type of screenshot to be composed and captured. According to Nvidia's own blurb Ansel provides "a powerful, easy-to-use camera that could capture unique, professional-grade 2D, 360° and Virtual Reality 360° screenshots," in certain compatible games. Though Ansel was launched alongside the new Pascal graphics card range it supports cards as old as the GTX 600 Series.

No credit where credit's due

Yesterday Nvidia was accused of stealing significant parts of Ansel code from Marty McFly Modding. Following investigations by the modder, it appeared that large swathes of Ansel post-processing tool code were lifted directly from 'MasterEffect' by Marty McFly Modding. Furthermore various Nvidia files contained the modder's variable names, comments and so on. No credit was given to the modder by Nvidia.

Sorted out

A few hours ago Marty McFly Modding issued a Facebook status update, as above, saying that the non-credit code theft issue had been "all sorted out". Apparently the modder's code was used for "some testing" by the lead developer of Ansel, and that the copied code was simply "leftover code". The upshot is that "the next Ansel update will have some code removed and me credited, so it's all fine now" said the modder. Marty McFly Modding also felt slightly appeased due to Ansel not being a 'commercial product'.



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Wait… what?
Some people rushed to the modder's side against a corporation that stole his code and he is like “you did it to start a ####storm”?

really now?
nitro912gr
Wait… what?
Some people rushed to the modder's side against a corporation that stole his code and he is like “you did it to start a ####storm”?

really now?

With some internets people you can't really tell. There are enough brand fans who would like to stir things up rather than rushing to his side.
The key word was rushing, at least for me it was, some things take time to sort out.
Well sure, there are the troll fanboys out there for every brand but then again…
In this situations it is never like “hey this company stole code from this guy, maybe they did stole by accident, let's take it easy”.
I mean you don't stole by mistake, you stole something and you know what you do.
So if there is not a fierce response from a good portion of the internet, it is very much likely that the company who stole from the small developer will just walk away, because the small developer doesn't have the money move against them in a court and there is not any fears from the company for their image (since there is not much bad publicity).

At least this just my opinion on this, you go full force from the start or nothing happens.
I personally would take a wait and see approach, yes they stole code and yes they didn't initially credit who they took it from, however everyone makes mistakes and IMO it's more about how someone reacts when a mistake is brought to their attention than the mistake its self, it just feels we, as a society, take offense at the smallest things nowadays.