It Makes Me Sad
Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 6:08 pm | Comments off
I was browsing the web developer forums last night (a usual practice), and decided to check out one of the memeber's website, Link Removed. Much to my surprise, it was nearly identical to that of my own. :(
I contacted him privately, hoping to convince him that he was getting his design career off on the wrong foot by stealing my design and using it as his own (including a copyright message, as © 2004 Company X - in the footer). He responded negatively, and I am forced to resort to other means of trying to get him to remove his (nay, my) site.
He has, since my original letter to him, slightly modified his XHTML and CSS (he had apparently taken both) to change the names of some of the classes and id's, as his old names were very incriminating. He has also slightly modified the CSS file, to remove some of the more blatant likenesses to mine - but lo, I had saved his original files.
Note that I did not spider the sites for images. View the screenshot for complete detail.
I had pointed out how close our CSS files were; close enough for me to know that they had been stolen. Classes, IDs, background colors, link colors, document structure - all the same. As I stated above, he has changed some of these names, but once one digs into his XHTML to see what classes and IDs correspond to mine, one can still see they are the same.
I'm sure most of you realize the work that goes into designing a quality site, and can appreciate my frusteration at my work having been stolen. Perhaps some of you will even be so kind as to write Company X and let him know your thoughts on this issue. I will not post his email address here, but you can find it, if you look.
Update: This issue has been resolved, and I was told it was due to a wayward employee. I have chosen to remove all reference to the company in question.
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