Originally Posted by shabbir
Really liked the positiveness in the statement
Well it used to frustrate me, too. I found one where whole pieces of my site had been copied. The other site had an amateurish feel to it and I was like 'How dare they' and I got really mad and was gonna say something but decided to look before I leaped...
I went to the about section and turns out it was some young lad who was just fooling around, really, and can you imagine me firing off some harsh stuff at some 8 or 12-year old who was playing around on the puter one day? Sure he shouldn't have even been on my site because it's rated mature but parents prolly didn't configure the Content advisor...
And all I would've done is made the poor fellow cry as I am certain no real harm was intended, and from that day on I realized imitation really is the most sincere form of flattery (i.e.: a compliment).
I found later someone had taken my multi-engine code and designed software for people to download and modified for profit AND excluded my own engine. Now these were adults and this again frustrated me as it is against my wishes but: This whole internet thing is NOT as easy as it looks, and if someone thinks they can earn money with what I created, then more power to them.
Besides I did NOT create it. I found some out-dated code which I fixed up and got it working again. Did I steal it? Well it's open source, see for yourself:
Here's my (modified) code:
And here's the original:
And, I got it listed here:
Wow, is that dirty play? And so who does it belong to?
Supposedly Jari Aarniala gets the credit, but who was this person and was he the first?
Now I think since it is freely accessible and as uncompiled source, really anyone can access and see it (and copy it, too).
But even if I had created it, it had already been done long before (and chances are real good for this scenario, the Web's been alive since the early 90's... actually way earlier than that, just not on a wide public scale). So what if some old fart came along and decided to claim ALL of the (x & d)HTML and Java as theirs and demand royalty fees, hehehe...
There is more:
As you work on your site, it will become more and more difficult to copy it. In my case, I been working on mine for close to 5 years and there's over 400 pages and literally gigs of files - 2 years ago it took 30 x 8-hour days to transfer all of it to another server (with the setups and the settings, etc, etc) so I know it won't copy in no day or 2. Something like 100,000 files or more, a slew of directory TREES (yeah big oaks), softwares (search, games, stats, topsites, etc), and I think a copied work is someone fooling around, they want to see what it's really like and most will leave it be after they fool with it some. Cauz it takes 6-12 months just to figure it out where you can build some crude basic elements that half-way resemble a Web site of sorts.
Ultimately, an exact duplicate of my site (or yours) will not work. Each site is original and it has to be that way or it will not work, honest. My site (and yours) is a mirror image of our souls, it comes from the heart and reflects who and what we are. Only you can manage and create YOUR site because it is truly yours. Your traffic is truly yours as well - A duplicate will not get the same hits, it may steal a small percentage but I registered my domain also as .org and .net, and the hits to those two are really minimal. For one, the .com is listed on Yahoo and Dmoz and that makes ALL the difference but second my users know me and my site and that's what they want, not something that looks or sounds or feels like it - They want MY site and tyvm hehehe...
IF someone exactly copies a site word for word, all you have to do is start updating and add TONS of fresh content like mad and keep updating and adding content and soon your site will be different again.
And in the end... Wouldn't it be cool if someone actually got started on the Web by using YOUR site as their inspiration? Yes, I think so.