This week I found out that the entire Web site design of one of my subscribers had been copied by another artist. Not just the look and feel, but the code! It looked identical except for the art. Apparently, the artist was innocent and it was her lazy designer’s fault. But this is bad mojo. You don’t copy someone else’s Web site design! It’s copyrighted just like your art is.
Lessons to be learned:
–The offending site was discovered because the artist whose site was copied was paying attention to his stats and noticed something fishy that took him to that site.
–Stay on top of your designers. Where are their ideas coming from? And are they charging you for stealing someone else’s ideas?!
–React with class. I heard about this only second-hand, but from what I understand, both the artist who was ripped off and the artist who unknowingly ripped him off responded professionally. The offending site was taken down immediately.