If you follow me on twitter you may have seen that a lot of my web design work has been getting ripped off lately. Through the wonders of my Gauge statistics I’m able to see when someone has stolen my code and used it in their website. So far this year it has happened about 10 times, from the completely blatant rip off to the more subtle steal where the design has been changed a bit but the Gauge tracking code left in (and most of the class names and title attributes left the same).
I’m not going to go through all of them as I’ve already named and shamed all guilty parties on twitter and sent emails etc, but I will show a few that are pretty blatant just for the fun of it.
Kotedia.com — done by me.
www.barbarasi.it — not done by me but by those upstanding fellows at ideestorte.com, notice any similarities?
In Motion — done by me.
Vision Call Services — not done by me (though please notice the “improvements” to the iconography* and logo)
Bones Brigade DJs
Bones Brigade DJs — done by me.
Sunday Best — not done by me but copied wholesale by Andrew Dermont
So how do I feel about all this?
Well as you might imagine I am a little peeved at it, on the one hand it is flattering in a way to have people copy your work, but on the other hand it is theft and it is quite sad that others in my profession have so little regard for their own craft and for another designers work. It’s hardly the end of the world I know especially when you compare to some of the things that are going on around the world right now but it is something I’d like to stop, mostly because it’s just lazy and I work hard at my job and don’t really want other people to take any credit for work I’ve done myself.
So anyway I’ll leave you draw your own conclusions, but if you feel like giving any of the guilty parties a hard time on twitter, please be my guest.
*Some of the navigation icons for the In Motion site were taken from the fabulous noun project, the social icons are part of the social media icon set by Gedy Rivera.