Blog Design Copied - What Would You Do?
I posted a blog post yesterday, so the first thing I did when I woke up this morning was look at Google Analytics to for the most popular traffic sources. I found the following:
Never having heard of it before, I clicked it. I then clicked one of the first links on the page and saw this:
Here’s my blog:
Wow! Full-on copy of my blog design. The blog title “build_something!” was even the title of a previous blog post Build Something.
The copied blog has a Github link so I clicked it. And sure enough…my entire repo (not even forked). Just a local clone, showing mostly commits by me.
Now, you’re probably asking yourself why I put it on Github in the first place. Honestly, it’s the perfect backup. And I never thought any one would copy the entire thing!
I spent several months with the help of a really talented UI designer to finalize my blog design. And in the end, was really happy with the outcome.
The whole thing is disappointing…sure I could try to ignore it, but after investing that much time, it’s a bummer to see your work copied in 5 minutes without care or inquiry.
So the question is…what would you do?
Update: Even after several requests to take the design down, the person in question has disagreed, even without my consent to use the code.