LogoMaid - Imitation or Theft?
51 comments | Posted: 23 March 07 in General, by Robert Evans
I believe it was Charles Caleb Colton, in 1820, who said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. I couldn’t agree more with Colton’s statement, but where does imitation differ from stealing, especially in the digital age that we we live in?
The last few months, we have seen many forms of imitation and/or stealing being brought to our attention via bloggers all over the world. While I find this to be a good thing for design community, it bothers me to see the whole “let’s hang the individual and ridicule them endlessly” mentality often seen in mobs. A better approach would be to use the communities power to make this known on a greater level. Granted, the attacks do help grab people’s attention, but the attacks put people on the defensive, thus they never truly learn their lesson, and instead take the position of not being forced to fix what they know to be theft.
Human nature is really quite fascinating. Personal attacks never actually solve the problem at hand; they never teach the accused of a better road to take; it isn’t a solution but a reaction. So, with that said, I implore you to keep this mind as you read what I am about to say.
The newest theft is that of Dan Cederholm’s Simplebits logo stolen by LogoMaid. If you look at Dan’s logo and then at LogoMaid’s logo, you’ll see that they are almost identical. The discussion on Flickr is long and interesting. Basically, LogoMaid has stated that they are considering suing Dan for their own act of theft. What a strange world we live in where the victim is sued by the perpetrator for the perpetrator’s actions.
It doesn’t stop there for LogoMaid. I have several examples below for you to look at:
- Apple Theft
- Panic Theft (Panic’s site showing all their theft scroll down to the second set of icons, it is the first one in the second set)
- Godbit Theft
The last on the above list, hits home for us here. Nathan spent a good amount of time on this logo, and was not paid for his efforts. I remember when he was making it and putting it all together. It wasn’t something he “just threw together”, he spent time on it, only to have another company steal it and now sell it. In my opinion, all the revenue of sales of that logo, all these logos that have been stolen, should be given to the rightful owners and original creators of the logos themselves.
Now, there are several ways we could go about this, we could personal attack them over and over, but where would that actually get us? Nowhere. We could, as a community make blog posts on our own blogs to point this out. The influence of a community has a real impact on the offender and their business.
I really doubt that the people over at LogoMaid will fess up and remove the logos. I say this because of their reactions to these companies/individuals via email, flickr posts, etc. Nathan received a rather rude email from them, when asking about the Godbit logo and what’s up with that. So, I believe the only to get through to this company and any future companies who do the same, is to use the power of the community and do a massive blog campaign in hopes of reaching any future clients of the establishment. Only when their actions hurt their business will they see the error of their ways.
So, I ask each reader here to make a post on your blog, not just about the Godbit logo being stolen, but the other logos as well. Leave a link in the comments and try to spread this around as much as you can. The more people hear about it the better. Lastly, make sure you include LogoMaid in the title of your post and if you link to them, make sure to put
rel="nofollow" in the link.
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