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So I’m sitting here going thru my email while I work, same as always, and I get this slightly-panicked email about X-Plane piracy or plagiarism. Email title: “use of unlicensed version of X-plane and plagiarism”. I provide it below in its’ entirety, un-edited.


It came to my attention that most of the developers and designers working on Microsoft Flight Simulator are using X-plane on a daily basis. Because of their lack of real life reference for most of the planes they decided to use the sim and different modes as a source of information to design their own game.

The description I got of their work clearly describes an act of plagiarism. As a long time fan of your sim and a game creator myself I believe you should be aware of that.

Moreover, all the licenses used by Asobo and its employees are personnal licenses that only allow the use of the sim at home.

All my informations come from internal sources that I prefer to keep anonymous but I can guarantee that everything is true as described above.

Best regards.

Like Elon Musks’ tweet in reference to a Chinese Tesla owner admitting that he was just PRETENDING to have a brake failure in his Tesla to get attention on YouTube, my response is:


What else can you do but sigh?