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OK here's the story (in brief).
Refered to a new client who is impressed by a website we've done. New client has "fallen out" with old agency. New client has some print design work - which we pick up and complete. New client "falls out" with photographer. New client gets us to quote for website. They then ask us to work on website once they have some images. New client gets their son to take photos. New client gets their son to build their website, who then rips (completely) the design we did for the site they were impressed with. (If you're still with me, thanks!).
We're pissed off! New client is now ex-client.
Should we/can we pursue them for the stolen design.
Is it worth it?
Shit I'm so angry. I should be happy-ish today....
if you have any contract or emails that you can prove that you have done the design first and gave that to the client, than i would sue them
if you can, go after the fucker! I hate that shit!
btw, I am happy-ish..
OSFA - good to hear you're happy-ish.
Yeah, go for the fucker is the way I feel about it.
kidnap the son of the client!
its the only way!
do what mrD said, if youve got emails where you sent them the visuals then use that to build up a case and hopefully persue them.
even if you just get your design time paid for thatd be nice of them
you get clients like that in general who go round design companies, get some stuff done then fall out with them and move onto another company, get some more work done ... and in the end they end up having all their stuff designed/completed to a certain degree all by good companies then they take these designs (or even just the knowledge theyve learned from each respective company) and get someone sh*te to build the final things they need.
sorry to hear you been bumped like that
you've got your design, right?
... sue the fucker... until his son cries.
send them an invoice. when they call to say "what is this for?" unlease unholy hell upon them.
Yup, get your written proof, and then consult lawyer. Perhaps a cease & desist letter, until payment is made. This may take a while for it all to play out though. Good luck.
have they not ripped an existing website you have designed? if so, you don't really need proof of corespondance, just get your lawyer onto them to take it down.
i know two very good lawyers... my fists.
i call them 'law' and 'order'.
they 100% of the time get the job done.
All good advice. We'll need to consult here. Basically, they ripped a design we did for an existing client - which we showed them and they liked.
We have informed the existing client who is not best pleased.
Trouble is you end up just wanting to move on, but not being able to because you so want to make them suffer in some way.
Life's hard ain't it?
never mind... it was a 'law & order' gavel sound... for k0na. :)
send 'your son' around to bitch-slap them.
sorry you got put into this dude, but if this is what you consider "hard life", well.... i must laugh.
I didn't know you could copyright design
hey, I agree "a hard life" is relative. And a website is after all just a website.
Nevertheless it's tough when you're running a business and competing with all kinds of other shite to make things work.
I don't consider myself to be in peril, so no, things aren't as hard as they are for some. BUT, I don't need this, and quite frankly, I've had my fair share of bad crap happen in my life to make this "minor thing" just add toward the conclusion that things ain't as easy as I was lead to believe when I was twenty.
You're intellectual rights were violated go violate the fucker...I mean sue the bastard. Pursue legal action even if you don't get a compensation he/she might learn a lesson.
To be honest, if you met the client you'd want to violate him too. He's a c**t. His, staff hate him, (he has a high turnover of staff). Other local businesses hate him. . . I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, although I had heard bad things about him. I figured maybe it was sour grapes. Seems like I was wrong and they were right.
I don't get why people behave like that. He's effectively shafting other local businesses (us) and our client from whom he stole the design.
How can he think, "yeah, that's fine, I'll do that"?
not sure if you already posted it, but if you can, post the site you did for the other client, and post this clowns rip of it...i'd love to see them :)
hope this all turns out ok dude