My Website Design Was Stolen! Now What?

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Designers spend hours perfecting websites, whether their own or their clients’. When you’ve invested anywhere from a few days to months in a website, the last thing you want is for someone else to steal the design without even giving you proper credit (or compensation). And if you’re a template or theme designer, it’s an even bigger problem. After all, if your templates are available online for free, a lot of people won’t bother paying for them.

So what can you do if you’ve discovered that one of your designs has been ripped off? What should you do? Read on for a complete guide to steps you can take to protect your intellectual property.

I am not a lawyer, nor do I pretend to be one on TV, so the advice here should not be taken as legal advice. Before taking any of the actions mentioned below, check with a lawyer or other legal expert to see what is allowable in your state or country or to see if additional options are available to you.

1. Why People Steal Designs

Not everyone who steals a design is out to rip you off. There are a variety of reasons; one of the most common is that many people just don’t understand that stealing someone else’s design is illegal and unethical. Of course, if you’re selling templates or themes, that probably isn’t the case, but if a one-off design of yours has been stolen, it’s always a possibility.

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The myth persists that if content is put online, it’s fair game. Others think that if a copyright isn’t explicitly stated, then it doesn’t exist. In either case, the person who has taken your design likely doesn’t realize that they’ve done anything wrong.

In other cases, someone might take your design because they feel it’s an excellent example of what a website in their niche should look like or because the company behind the website is a leader in the industry. These people may or may not realize that what they’re doing is wrong or at least may not realize just how wrong it is.

Some people steal designs because they can’t afford to hire a website designer but have just enough technical know-how to copy a website themselves. These people rarely suspect they’ll be caught. The same sometimes happens with people who have been hired to design a website but lack the skills to do the job. And so they copy another website, hoping their client has never seen it.

Sometimes, someone will steal the bulk of your design but change small parts and then claim they were merely inspired by the design and didn’t really steal it. Unless they completely recreated the website from scratch and made significant changes (and even then…), this isn’t a good defense, and you can still treat them as though they they stole it outright.

If you sell templates, and someone has used one of them on their website, they may not realize that this is wrong. Plenty of forums and other websites out there make templates available for anyone to download, and some make no mention that these are not licensed to be distributed in this way. So don’t jump to the conclusion that someone intentionally stole your design. Of course, the people distributing your templates are probably guilty.

I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt when it comes to intellectual property theft. If it’s happening to you for the first time, then it can be tempting to go after them with full force, but in many cases you’ll have better luck educating the offender.

2. Initial Steps

So, you’ve discovered that someone has stolen one of your designs. Whether you’ve discovered it yourself or someone has reported it to you, it can be a jarring experience. Your first reaction might be to fire off an angry email, make a comment on their website or out them publicly. But step back for a moment and think through your options.

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The way you handle this situation will largely determine how satisfied you are with the resolution. If you attack the person, their immediate reaction will be to get defensive or dig in their heels and refuse to deal with you. They may even contact a lawyer to get you off their back, and that could result in expensive legal fees and even litigation for you: Not exactly what most designers want to spend their money and energy on.

Finding the Website Owner

The first place to check is the website itself. In most cases, you’ll find some kind of contact information there. If not (or you find only a contact form), you can usually find the website owner by looking up the Whois information about the domain. If the domain is privately registered, though, you may have to contact the Web host to obtain contact information. If that fails, your last option may be to use legal channels.

The First Contact

Remember, the person ripping off your design might not even know they’re doing something wrong. Your first contact is an opportunity to educate them on intellectual property rights. Don’t accuse. Let them know that the design they’re currently using is copyrighted and that unless they can prove they’ve paid for it, you’ll need them to take the website down immediately.

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It’s possible that the website owner is unaware that their design is not original. If they’ve hired a less-than-reputable designer, they might have been led to believe that their design is completely original, and your email will come as quite a shock to them. Keeping your first email friendly and polite can make a huge difference in how they respond.

If You Don’t Hear Back

If you don’t hear back from the website owner after a few days, you can always contact their ISP to request that it take the website down. If you can provide proof that the design is yours and that they aren’t licensed to use it, many ISPs will suspend the website to avoid being sucked into litigation should you decide to sue.

Issue a DMCA Take-Down Notice

This only applies in the United States, but the Digital Millennium Copyright Act has provisions for dealing with intellectual property theft online. You can get a template of the formal notice, fill it out and send it to the website’s host. Most hosts will immediately comply, to protect themselves from litigation.

Call Them Out Publicly

If you’re 100% positive that the person has copied your website intentionally, and they aren’t responding to your requests to take it down, you could call them out publicly on your blog, in a forum or on another website.

This is riskier, though. First of all, they could sue you for libel. Whether they’d win or not is irrelevant: fighting a lawsuit is almost always expensive and time-consuming. They don’t have to be right to file a lawsuit; so even if everything you say is true and accurate, nothing is stopping them from following that course.

But this kind of action has its upsides. If your blog has a lot of readers or the forum has a lot of followers, you might get others to join your cause and act on your behalf to get the offending website taken down. The offender might relent, not wanting the negative publicity. But again, weigh the pros and cons carefully, and take this step cautiously.

Document Everything!

Document any actions you take regarding the theft. Note when you discovered the offending site, when you contacted the owner and whether they responded. This will help if you end up having to take further action.

If you still aren’t getting anywhere on your own, it might be time to contact a lawyer. A lawyer will probably begin by sending an official cease and desist letter to the offender. The letter would likely state that the design they’re using is copyrighted material and that they need to take the website down immediately or face further legal action.

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In many cases, an official letter from a lawyer is enough to scare off just about anyone, and you’ll find the design is quickly changed or taken down altogether.

However, if there’s still no response, the lawyer might send a similar letter to the website’s host, demanding that the website be suspended due to copyright infringement. Hosts are usually responsive to this kind of letter, because they don’t want to be sued.

If neither action works, the next step may be a lawsuit. In many cases, though, it’s just not work the time, effort or money involved. This is when you should sit down and really think about how far you’re willing to go.

If the person who stole your design is simply using it on their own website, you probably won’t want to bother with a lawsuit. The effect on your income probably won’t be big enough to warrant this kind of action. But if the offender is redistributing your design or passing it off as their own (for example, in their portfolio), then the lawsuit might be worth it. Ask your lawyer what they think your chances of winning are and what the costs will be.

Depending on your country of residence, you may be able to get assistance from the government in taking down the design. Check with the office responsible for copyright and intellectual property rights in your country to find the proper authorities to contact.

4. Preventing Theft

You can do a number of things to prevent your designs from being stolen. Some are technical solutions, while others relate more to the front end.

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Non-Technical Solutions

Simply posting a copyright notice on your website will deter many would-be offenders, especially people who don’t realize that online content is copyrighted unless specified otherwise. It might also deter people who know it is illegal but hope they won’t be caught. It shows you’re more proactive than other website owners.

Technical Solutions

One thing you can do to prevent theft of your designs is to block screenscraper apps from accessing your code. While blocking every screenscraper out there is impossible, the article “Preventing Design Theft: A Few Tricks of the Trade6” has both PHP and ASP code that can help you block most of them.

Use your .htaccess file to prevent images on your website from being hotlinked, because some thieves will go so far as to link images directly from your website, rather than use their own bandwidth.

Finding Out if Your Website Has Been Ripped Off

Usually, you won’t know that your design has been stolen unless you come across it on a website (which is very unlikely) or unless someone has reported it to you (only slightly more likely). Watchdog websites are out there, but the most popular one, Pirated-Sites7, was hacked and has been taken offline.

By including unique text in your footer or elsewhere in the design, you might be able to find thieves by searching for those key phrases. This is not always effective, but you might get lucky.

One other option is to use a website such as CopyScape8, which looks for duplicate websites. Just enter your website’s URL and it looks for websites out there that have copied your content (and possibly your design).

5. If You Can’t Beat ’Em, Join ’Em

If you’re spending more time chasing down thieves than actually designing, you might want to consider making your designs publicly available. Releasing them under a Creative Commons license or other open-source license removes the temptation for many thieves.

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Even designers who make a living selling templates could benefit from open licenses, if only in part. Selling your templates under a non-commercial Creative Commons license and then offering additional services to customers who purchase the designs directly from you (such as set-up, customization and support) can prevent others from profiting from your work (and entirely remove the temptation for many). After all, if someone can get your template for free, why would they pay someone else for it? (This is different than paying you for it, because you’re offering added benefits and services, and many people believe in compensating the original designer or artist for their work).

If nothing else, a no-derivatives license can at least help ensure that you’re getting credit for your work. As strange as it sounds, a template released under a Creative Commons license is no longer a motivation for many pirates.

Further Resources

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeblogs/3020135605/
  2. 2 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/828198
  3. 3 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1215930
  4. 4 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/952313
  5. 5 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/883988
  6. 6 http://blog.webdistortion.com/2008/05/11/preventing-design-theft-a-few-tricks-of-the-trade/
  7. 7 http://www.pirated-sites.com/
  8. 8 http://www.copyscape.com
  9. 9 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/913724
  10. 10 http://articles.sitepoint.com/article/theft-webmasters-recourse
  11. 11 http://onwired.com/blog/dealing-with-design-theft/
  12. 12 http://www.blissfullyaware.com/design/fighting-design-theft/
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/groups/designtheft/pool/
  14. 14 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/07/07/copyright-explained-i-may-copy-it-right/

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Cameron Chapman is a professional Web and graphic designer with over 6 years of experience. She writes for a number of blogs, including her own, Cameron Chapman On Writing. She’s also the author of The Smashing Idea Book: From Inspiration to Application.

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  1. 1

    For most cases, this is an issue of education and life-style also we are talking about no-border-land. So the action is illegal but according to what law and according to whom?… So yes unless you have a lot of meny to spend you are helpless, but at least you can save your reputation by announcing that you are the original and they are the cıopycats.. Because in some cases, the copycats can also claim that they are originals…..

    Great article…

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  2. 52

    We design a lot of photography websites – our work has been featured on Smashing magazine and numerous CSS galleries, blogs. We have had lots of sites ripped off, we usual find out when they stupidly leave the Google Analytics tracking code in the site. There still must be others though that have gone to the trouble to remove this. Also in the majority of cases it’s been an offshore outfit usually India.

    Imitation is the best form of flattery?

    not 100% sure really.

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  3. 103

    I recently discovered that my portfolio website had been ripped by some graphic design company in Italy. It doesn’t look like the site is “officially” in use or ever will be, but still, not cool!

    My site: http://www.tanoshism.com/flash.htm
    The copy: http://www.eurolabsitalia.com/home.htm

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    Christian Don Repato

    December 19, 2009 10:34 am

    Its nice SM has posted this very interesting topic!
    This is a nice heads up to those who will be posting up a new web site (like myself). Here is something I hope everyone should consider, well at least for my fellow designers. The designs the we think of and worked for so hard is what represents us. Each of us have our preferences when it comes to graphics, layouts, animations, colors, and so on. And we decide on these very carefully before we post them on the web for everyone to see, it is hard work and originality that makes successful designers where they stand today.

    And if I was one of these successful designers, and I see my work on another site, I would pity him/her or who ever is responsible for taking the action of copying. Just that…pity! We must all understand that he/she can’t come up with unique ideas/designs the way real designers do it. Well designers want to be known for their work and are expected to produce more of that designs, thats why every designer has a unique style they stick to.

    Let the design or work do the talking for you, let it say “I am made by designer X!” A confident designer can never be outdone by a copier. When a copier is hired by a client because he/she showed awesome designs by you and other designers, I’d bet my ass that he will not be under that client for long, WHY? because he is a fraud and it will eventually show in his work (when it is his turn to design). The client may doubt the ability of the designer(copier)’s work.

    As a designer, you can never be stolen. Our ability to generate stupendous designs is why we are called such. Our imaginations in terms of web media can never be equal to those who copy. So why become MAD and be frustrated to those who are copying? Because its yours? If it is really yours by the time he is copying your masterpiece you’re nearly finishing the next masterpiece. And as expected, the copier anticipates your online portfolio and adds the new one to his/her own fake porftfolio. But actually before you finish your next piece there is already another one playing in your mind.

    If you the designer of a piece then show it by craft, and not by the argument of ‘I am the true designer of this’. Such a waste of time, use it to do more productive work.

    To all the designers of all sorts of media – keep creating inspirational work for the world to see.

    To all aspiring to be designers – be inspired by others work, learn how they do it, find your style and create your own. Love what you do.

    To all copiers – try to appreciate one’s work. Try to create your own piece and find out for yourself how hard it is to come up with an original one!

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    Your Intellectual property is your most valuable asset. The laws of copyright are internationally recognized and can get confusing.

    Myows does all the work for you. You just need to open a free account and upload your work.

    If there’s a copyright dispute, Myows guides you step by step until you solve it. from the Cease and Desist letter and DMCA notice to finding legal help.

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    • 358

      The ability to CREATE original intellectual property is whats your most valuable asset….not the actual intellectual property.

      You can steal websites all you want….and showcase them all you want in your portfolio…but in the end, if you cant create work on your own for clients, you will get fired or not get hired.

      I work for a web company, and my boss knows if I create something totally from scratch, or borrow from another website. As long as I create everything myself from scratch, it doesnt matter if I borrowed the “style” of Apple or Nike or some other cutting edge company.

      We even go so far as to let clients know, and ask them, if they want a website simple and clean like Apple’s, or something funky and cutting edge like Nike. There is nothing wrong with that. Most wbesites are similar anyways. Its pretty hard to complain about art being stolen when it all looks the same except for different colors and background. Lets be honest…if you use a header, footer, and a 2 column layout…you arent original.

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    There is also a big problem of phising, bad people copying as much of your content, and then linking to images etc so they create a really good copy of your site and then register similar domain names. I get lots of email from banks asking me to verify my details, how long before these bad people give up on banks and go after softer targets

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    well, I also have some problems with stolen design and all funcionalities which comes with my site. someone just had been ripped whole html/css and javascript structure.

    the original one is: http://www.rzmota.com
    and the copy: http://www.tinkon.com

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    • 511

      I would take this down now so you are not in danger of slander. For all you know their web designer may be just as educated as you and you don’t know they ripped off anything. Their design looks completely different from you. html/css and java script are scripts which a lot of people know. Second their site is a prime of example of a basic template that tons of people use and yet you claim they got it from you. Stop wasting your time assuming things.

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  8. 562

    “You forget one important differentiation: Whether the people who ripped off your design are trying to profit through the use of the aforementioned or not. If you find your design on a private, non-profit website for instance, using terms like ’stolen’ or even considering to get an attorney seems pretty out of line, to say the least.

    If, on the other hand, they try to actually profit from your hard work in a substantial way, then I agree on taking whatever steps necessary (and you can still view it as a compliment and incentive to improve your skills).”

    I’m gonna call BULLSHIT on that one! – Personally, it dont mean a rats ass, if the guy who poked you in the eye made a million dollars or just like poking eyes for fun –
    They diluting your trademark and corrupting your good name. What would a prospective employer/client think when they see another site that looks like the one you claimed to have done – that you were ripped off, or that you were the thief? why would you leave that opinion to chance??

    Many sites have PRIVATE DOMAIN REGISTRATIONS.. so you wont see any contact information to contact them and have a chat about… However, did you know that the agreement that “Design stealing joe” has with his private registrar MEANS THAT HE HAS TO PAY A FEE IF THEY HAVE TO COMPLY WITH ANY LEGAL DEMANDS FOR HIS IDENTITY OR RECORD SEARCH?? :)

    And many of these “private registrars” will cough up the identity easily on something that looks vaguely like a lawyer demand letter or police request? (WARNING: Be careful of impersonating lawyers or police) :)

    A DMCA Take down request made to the ISP is often VERY successful -NOTE HOWEVER, you have to give your full name and contact information to make the demand, which if even successful, is now in the hands of an anonymous asshole who can harass you and your site. Thats why the RIAA go after downloaders and not the original artists!

    Whenever I had the need to do this, I had a pre-paid legal service handle the paperwork. You dont get much, but they’ll write a firmly worded (and legally sustainable ) letter for you and if you do a lot of business, its kinda worth paying the $30 a month – or, you could do what I do now and just partner with a legal firm, I do their web work and some other IT related stuff and they are also helpful to me when little legal issues come up.

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    Bottom Line: Release your shit for free.

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    Thanks so much for the information,

    I have the same problem with stolen design with one site. Someone in India just had been ripped the html/css and javascript structure from a portafolio website.

    The original is: http://www.harisvision.com
    The copy: http://tekwoodesign.com

    Totally a copy check this link: http://tekwoodesign.com/contact/index-2.html

    The good thing is I know I can do more good well designed website in the future and he only will continue ripping websites.

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    • 715

      Once again. I have seen sites like this. I hate to say it but to many people think that what they are doing is original when it is not. Really be careful before you accuse someone of stealing. Make sure you have evidence and not just ego thinking that know one else could possibly do something that you can do. Their are a lot of good designers out their. How do you know they are from India? Really think about this. Did you you hire a private investigator. Don’t get me wrong your site is nice but it is not special. It has a header with links (basic) I middle area with a powerful image and into wording. And then the bottom is just your basic product info with learn more links. Nothing special.

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    Before calling a lawyer, if you have the necessary qualities or you meet someone who has them you can try defacing them =P.

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    The problem is a bit that people have grown accustomed to stealing is OK on the Internet. That is what makes it big.
    Of course it is especially OK to steal from others. For example check the images in photo topics here in the magazine. Hardly one authentic at all or any 100% legal.
    Being stolen from can be frustrating as you have to fight a Tsunami of theft and thus you can only expect the gain something if the new user is not anonymous and is within a country which upholds copyright etc on the Internet. Which is virtually nowhere on the globe.
    Should you manage to get a hold, it likely turns out the new user is in bonus and they are the victim of a chain of events and little is to gain there either.
    Good luck!
    And check your own storage for stolen items before you start pursuing others. I.e. a bit like the thingy in your eye and the one in the eye of others :)

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    • 868

      And check your own storage for stolen items before you start pursuing others.

      This comment is good, as an extensive amount of webdesigners / photographers etc.. use ripped software to create their sites.

      So copyright, IPR and law are all being corrupted before a site even goes online.

      lol, nothings perfect in this world :)

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  13. 919

    As much as I usually like the articles on Smashing Magazine, I read this one and actually think it is not as informative on all sides of the issue as it should be in considering everything that surrounds this.

    Namely, that copyright infringement may not have occurred by someone simply being inspired by your design and then re-creating some of the more prominent features. I am not a lawyer however.

    Now it is undoubtedly true that if someone blatantly rips off your website and copy and pastes the code that it is copyright infringement. But is inspiration / taking what works and then reproducing it slightly differently copying?

    Most designers do not start off with original ideas. They take what has been done before, and they find out how to make it, and they use that to build their base of expertise. I used this approach personally for YEARS before coming up with what I could consider to be truly unique designs, and I never thought I was doing anyone any harm because I was reproducing it myself. But, these were small elements I was reproducing, not entire websites. that is the distinction… however, read this story.

    Once upon a time, there was a prominent website in my niche… and that website was essentially a community site based on a platform that anyone can create a site on, but it had somewhat unique styling. They were also making money off of it. My business partner and I, being in business, thought that we would take what was already working, and make it better.

    So that is what we did. We took the website, we got what was good, and we added features to ours to make it better. The banner, background, and navbar were all different colors/styles however, we had just created similar features.

    The response was an angry accusing letter from the website owner, acting as if we had mal-intent to purposefully harm him. To us, it was just business. That is what business people do. They find what works, they reproduce something that is similar but still different, they patch up the holes, and they make it better.

    When this particular person posted on their website that they thought we had harmed him, lots of people rallied in his defense, almost blindly, without even considering what had really happened.

    I agree that sometimes people really can completely rip off websites and it’s sad when it happens. I just wish that there was more talk here in the comments about the times that a website is not -really- stolen but the designer might still feel like someone “took” their idea.

    Truthfully if that guy in my story would have just come to us and told us his concerns without the blame, we would have been much more receptive to him. But the way he approached us will never be forgotten. It was assuming that we meant to harm him, when the truth is we just wanted to have our own site.

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  14. 970

    How interesting when the shoe is on the other foot. I wonder how many web designers engage in their work of creation while listening to music stolen (or, since Thany insists…illegally “copied”) from other artists…

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  15. 1021

    Nice article! Thanks!

    How about a different scenario. Lets say you have a website, where you allow people upload pictures. If a user copied a picture from somebodies else website and put it on your website. Who is responsible then???

    If I put a disclaimer that I am not responsible for any content, does it mean that I’m still responsible for it?

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  16. 1072

    article is nice, but to take serious legal action or to hire paid lawyer should not recommended, as most of the cases can solve by contacting the stolen party.

    Anyways, Good Sharing Thank you

    Aamir
    gexton.com

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  17. 1123

    Forget the lawyers:
    “Releasing them under a Creative Commons license or other open-source license”
    …gets my vote!

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    Artists in other industries have been dealing with this for a very long time. Fashion, Music, Dance, Film, Fine Art, Footwear, Hairstyles, Photography, Pornography…you name it. The web is a public medium and with it comes the assumption that your art work and your style is out there for everyone to see…and copy. My suggestion….deal with it and look at it as a sign of respect. Reference the design in your blog, move on, and don’t lose any sleep over it.

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    I’m not one to excuse theft of design, but in all fairness I have yet to see *anything* on the web that was so original that I couldn’t find at least one other design that bore an extremely close resemblance to it.

    You also need to be careful about invoking a DMCA takedown notice. It’s all well and good if you’re hitting somebody who knows they’re scamming and decides not to fight. But if you create problems for somebody who isn’t and does, then it might not go too well if you end up in court. Legal swords cut both ways. And there are penalties if a court decides you are engaging in what it deems to be frivolous or purely malicious legal actions.

    Suggestion: Get some legal advice before you request a DMCA takedown.

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    hah…ha..ha.. That’s the thing i want to know…. what are the precautions need to take before coping any design :D – thanks… Happy Coping….

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    I guess, Its impossible to find out whether your design has been stolen or not?

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    I am very happy to know that my webdesigns have been stolen over and over. I just create more. I might not get pay in cash or money, but I do get pay for my web designs. I gained more experiences. The more I design,the better my web sites look. Thanks for making me a better web designer.

    However, I do feel bad for those that have been crying that their webdesigns have been stolen. Remember this, what come around, goes around. Are you sure that YOU did not take any ideas from other people’s web sites.? I don’t believe you if your answer is “NO”

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    I think one more alternative that wasn’t mentioned would be to offer to sell them a license. You could look at it in a number of ways, (including blackmail),but if the person already used your design and has their site built, they’d probably rather pay for an overpriced license to avoid legal action. This form of resolution would also be the only one in which the designer actually gains something from the ordeal.

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  25. 1531

    I think the web is a place of evolution, what you put up is part of it, personally I’ve had stuffed nicked, I don’t mind, I get ideas from other designers myself, then develop on them, just like a painter gets ideas from other painters, same with music or anything.
    let people nick your stuff, you nick there stuff ! then were all happy..

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  26. 1582

    Copyright – right to copy? :D

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  27. 1633

    How can you even tell if a site was actually ripped off and didn’t just happen to look the same? If you think about it, 90% of all websites of the same type have the same layout. Buisnesses most all use blank sides, top navigation bar, then all content down the middle. Comics tend to use a side bar, top banner, comic in the center, comments on bottom.

    I work on a small website of my own, and personally I find that people tend to tell me that my site looks thrown together and unprofessional because it differs from the layout of ‘normal’ sites.

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  28. 1684

    Such a great post, I’ve had people swipe my designe and the first email usually does the trick, but great tips on following up when they don’t comply!

    Nicholas Klein
    “The Master of Rapid Residual Recruiting”

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  29. 1735

    Well we did this when someone stole our design – http://www.bestbeforestore.co.nz/

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  30. 1786

    Yeah you’re correct… But most of the designer’s thinking we can do more compare than other designs. so it couldn’t same design and code… right? “Most of designer’s”

    Thanks for post…

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  31. 1837

    Here is a real world examole where paleohacks.com copied stackoverflow.com

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  32. 1888

    I found a good example of copying. Smashing would be interested in it :)

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  33. 1939

    Having my pictures copied, to me feels like they were stolen. I worked on them and I did not give the multitude of people who copy them for their own websites permission to do that. I have sold two thumbnails after harassing the thieves to pay me a pittance. Yeah I got my ideas through my eyes, until I came up with my own style. Do I have to die before any of my work bears fruition via the Internet?

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  34. 1990

    THIS IS GOOD

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    I hate it when people say they’re going to buy a domain name from you and then they walk away from the sale. Breaching deadbeats…

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    i know this is alot to ask but i’m a belgian designing for a client in florida , but if someone would take my html-code and run , what can i do to prevent that code-wise

    kinde regards

    yves joseph martens (belgium)

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    One thing this article forgot is the open source licenses. For instance WordPress. The license for WordPress requires that anything you make for it is also open source. Yes you can charge for it, but if someone gets the source code / files for it they can do whatever they want with it, including redistributing it.

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    First of all, Thank you for these wonderful tips.
    But, How can we know that Someone has copied my website and is up and running?

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    Nancy Hastings-Trew

    January 17, 2014 9:10 pm

    What do you do in the case where the design itself isn’t used on another site, but a client hires a new company to maintain the website you designed and THEY lay credit to your design by removing your credit, link and copyright and adding a credit to themselves, without significantly changing anything about your design?

    This has just happened to me – seems there may be a couple of gray areas here as ownership of the site hasn’t changed. I’ve asked the new company to either restore my credit or remove theirs and display NO credit at all. Have heard nothing yet.

    All I can hope for now is that they have as much trouble getting paid by this client as I have had…

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    Stupid comment. You’re retarded.

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