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:

"Rubyconn"

Never having heard of it before, I clicked it. I then clicked one of the first links on the page and saw this:

"Blog copy"

Here’s my blog:

"Brandon Hilkert's 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.

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