Friday, July 2, 2004 at 1:02 pm | Comments off
Andy Budd's recent post got me thinking about what constitutes a "pirated site". I'll re-iterate a bit of what I said in the comment's on Andy's site and will also share my views a bit more extensively.
I have a real problem with some of the sites listed on Pirated Sites. They occasionally accuse people of pirating a site, when quite frankly, the similarity is slight. Sometimes they resemble each other so little that if you weren't going to the sites thinking that one copied the other, you wouldn't make the connection. I'll use the same example that Andy did: Wildy Sophisticated (the original) and Rogue Chopper (the copy). A copy? Really? I don't think so!
Take a look at these two articles by Cameron Moll:
Both articles are spot on, in my opinion. Whether you or I like to admit it, we "steal" from each other. And I don't see this as wrong. The important thing to remember is to only copy the inspiration, not the complete design. Obviously there is a point where stealing the inspiration goes too far, and it does indeed become a pirated site. However, often times people jump the guns a bit on calling a site pirated.
It's easy to get upset when you see even a bit of your design work copied elsewhere, but when that happens, let's take a step back and objectively look at what exactly was copied. Perhaps we'll see that in reality it's not as much of a direct copy as it may have first seemed.
Obviously I'm not condoning stealing someone's design. We work hard to create a design that is our own and really don't like to see someone take that from us. But, we need to remember that if someone is simply inspired by our design, and blends elements from that design with other unique elements it's probably more of an original design than some seem to admit. Not everyone thinks outside the box and revolutionizes design. Most of the time we simply copy what we have seen elsewhere and blend many designs into one, until we have created something original.
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