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If you are going to rip off my work…

3rd February 2007

At least have the courtesy to remove my portfolio grabs. It is also wise to remove Agenzia’s contact details from the footer so that my friend and former colleague Big Lee cannot find your plagiarised attempt at design via Google. Still, great idea to keep the Copyright notice - it’d be awful if someone ripped off your work, wouldn’t it?

It might also be an idea to stop wasting your life with World of Fecking Warcraft and either learn to design websites yourself, or go out and meet some girls. I cannot recommend the latter strongly enough.

Oh, and maybe replying to my emails before I call in my solicitor might be a good idea too. Just because it is a previous version of this site does not mean it is yours to take. Sorry, but this is happening too often. Screengrab. Site.

Responses

# Joelle responded on 3rd February 2007 with...

Gah! I find that so abhorrent. And my favorite is when they say “I’m just using it to learn!”  Oh, really? Right.

Hmph. :)

# Lori responded on 3rd February 2007 with...

Even more abhorrent…

From the look of it, it may not actually be a WoW gamer’s site, but a scammer/spammer outfit hoping to lure the unsuspecting with the promise of WoW gold for sale. Its laden with ads, fake(?) articles (or, possibly, stolen content) and icons leading to other spammy-sounding gaming domains.

Could be wrong, o’ course. But, if I’m right, its a target that won’t be easy to track down.

(I don’t play WoW, myself, and can’t be sure. But there’s just so much more wrong with this site, it makes my spider senses tingle.)

# Derek Punsalan responded on 3rd February 2007 with...

No shame! That is pathetic. I’m with Joelle, I hate rooting these types of people out only to receive emails like “I just wanted to learn” or “I haven’t had any major traffic yet so is it really that big of a deal?”

# Lori responded on 3rd February 2007 with...

While most of the domains have no DNS associated with them, this one does wowgoldeu.com

“Using 0 day old cached answer.” This one may be hopping around.

# George responded on 3rd February 2007 with...

This would seem to be an increasing problem for designers…

I don’t know if there has ever been a case of someone has taken legal action over breach of copyright? I don’t suppose there is a great deal you can do!?

# docflo responded on 3rd February 2007 with...

What I always wonder is: how do you find such a page that rips of your design among the billions of pages on the net? I mean, I hope he wasn’t stupid enough to hotlink to your images…

# Simon Clayson responded on 3rd February 2007 with...

On the one hand, imitation can be the sincerest form of flattery. On the other it’s bizarre - and for you, very annoying. Well, I find it bizarre. I’m also reminded of the recent kerfuffle at Airbag Industries. A tale that says that the general public and punters alike really don’t care that much - especially about this sort of thing. But, you can sleep at night safe in the knowledge that you are one of the good guys.

And what is World of Warcraft all about anyway? (Excuse my ignorance) And Second Life.

# Daniel responded on 3rd February 2007 with...

It does suck that they can’t be bothered to design their own, but thats todays Internet, steal the shit you can’t do youself.

I can tell you countless times i’ve found people using my images, with their shitty copyright added to MY image, but as they are not based in the UK (like this guy is, he is in China), you have ZERO chance of any legal action i’m afraid

muppet!

# elias responded on 4th February 2007 with...

Not cool. Simon-this is what happens when you’re an excellent designer, unfortunately.

You’re site, and book, are excellent tools and resources to learn; and have the common courtesy to create their own work. If they’re cloning/copying work, they will never be designers.

Lack of creativity on their part!

Sorry to read about this Simon-my apologies.

Cheers~

elias

# Ranjani responded on 4th February 2007 with...

Aww, but I play WOW! The WOW gold sites are terrible and I hate that the business popped up because some people don’t like working for what they want. Blizzard has taken measures against it, but sometimes it just ends up hurting the honest people as well (character transfers, account transfers, etc.). Which would be why I quit, but oh well.

And besides messing up their ENGLEEESH, they screwed up the layout too, with all the WOW GOLD names, etc. Fun, hmm?

# Max Manders responded on 4th February 2007 with...

Shocking… all I can say!  I don’t claim to be a particularly good designer myself; more of a coder.  Getting inspiration from a range of sites is one thing but ripping of an entire site - that’s just not on!  I would recommend they read the upcoming sitepoint book on design for non-designers!

# Adrian responded on 4th February 2007 with...

It’s one thing to borrow ideas, it’s another to copy and paste the entire site. Here’s one I found last night, an exact replica of my site. Check the META tags or even better, just click the logo and see where it brings you.

original: Shifting Creations

ripped: Pirate Science

# inflicted responded on 5th February 2007 with...

Simon,

That rip-off is so ugly, I wouldn’t even have recognized it as your design if it wasn’t for the Copyright notice in the footer.

And the google adds are all over he place!

# car travel responded on 5th February 2007 with...

this is a nice blog

# Automotive responded on 6th February 2007 with...

The most hardes thing is to stop playing WoW

# Neil responded on 7th February 2007 with...

I always thought Mark boulton’s site had a very similar feel to yours. Not an issue as such, more an observation.

# Simon responded on 7th February 2007 with...

Wow, incredible. I’m really cheesed for you, but, as pointed out earlier, this is going to be pretty much impossible to rectify if it’s the other side of the world. What sets you apart is that you’re always capable of bringing out a fresh new site design and the ripoff guy/girl is always going to play catchup. It’s annoying, but I’d be tempted to put the effort into continuing to push your design work forward and simply ignoring this rubbish. Thing is, that site has probably now had a huge surge of visits because it’s been flagged up. It puts you in a catch-22. The thieving gits.

# dave responded on 14th February 2007 with...

In fairness to the rip-off artist, they might have interpreted your Creative Commons licence (which I assume is the same version you use now) as entitling them to use your stylesheet in order to make a “derivative work”, and considered keeping the Agenzia address as appropriate attribution.

That still doesn’t excuse the ugliness or spamminess or not replying to emails though

# Jessica responded on 16th February 2007 with...

The currency farmers/sellers in any game are the lowest of the low so it doesn’t suprise me. Unfortunately it’s the buyers that support a market and allow these people to continue, but I wont get into that. I am sorry you’ve been ripped off in this way and it must be so incredibly frustrating to see your beautiful work practically stolen, and then made to look horrible.

Reminds me of my piano teacher telling me that Beethoven and Bach would be turning in their graves if they heard how I played their music (at least I paid for the sheet music, and it did make me practise).

# misterian responded on 18th February 2007 with...

With such effort into building a site, certainly it is a rip off. On a totally different tack, my first thought is as I see kids these days, downloading movies and mp3’s, which we’ve never done, right ;-)

There is a lack of understanding that if it is in bits it still took real work to create. Again, real work, no instant gratification.

Kids will download music, but I’m sure most of them wouldn’t consider walking out of the mucic shop with a CD in their pocket.

I’m at the start of building a commercial site with EE and certainly I’ll build it as a derivative of something, probably the default template.

# Bruynzeel Keukens responded on 18th February 2007 with...

I agree on the point made, that most people don’t see the time and effort it takes to put something nice together (from music to web design and so on)

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