I'm a relatively new member of this forum. I joined only recently and tend to contribute at the end of each week where I can.
However, a few days ago I was left a little aghast to find that a user on this forum contacted me to 'create' a website for them which was essentially a copy of a unique website that already exists.
To make matters worse the website in question was a website I had built for a client!
Here is an excerpt of the email I received:
|I am looking for a website with exactly the same features / pages and design as...|
Ideas are easy to come by - good and original ideas aren't. There's a plethora of creatives out there who are incredibly good at creating 3rd rate work, and even that they do poorly. Good ideas are where the money is. Good ideas are where good work lives. Good ideas are where creative integrity lives. If your struggling with any of those - then get out of the business, you'll only ever be 3rd rate, saturating an already over saturated industry - maybe this industry just isn't for you.
To be inspired by another persons work is fine, to feel compelled to contact someone to create something for you because you have seen the quality of their work for others is fine. But to ask for a direct copy is wrong - it's lazy and illegal.
I have unfortunately had to aggressively chase people who have sought to copy my work. I seem to have found myself locked in various forms of international litigation to protect the intellectual integrity of my work and it's a truly sad state of affairs - because the people who are copying the work are themselves touting themselves as 'creatives' or 'web designers'.
Pablo Picasso said 'good artists copy, great artists steal' If you're going to steal design then make sure you make it better - that you push things forward, there is no shame in that - stand on the shoulders of giants etc etc. But if all you're going to do is copy then you really shouldn't.
I've been able to look into the contact details the person sent over along side my website access logs which point to a couple of users on this forum (I can directly track their visit to 1 thread - looking at those profiles they match with details I've received).
Maybe alongside the rules of this board it should be stated that copyright / IP rights should be be flouted etc etc in a more obvious way.
To anyone reading this there really is only one way of closing - don't copy.
Thanks for reading. PJ