An Unfinished Symphony

It's about the internet and stuff.

A feeling of deja vu

It's amazing what you can find from reading through your web stats. Things like who links to you, who visits you, where they come from, how often the search engines visit – and even who is stealing your design. Yes, it seems someone likes this design enough to pirate it.

A few weeks ago I noticed an odd referrer in my stats, http://localhost/mazochova. Anyone that knows much about computers will know that localhost refers to the local computer – ie. the one that you are using is your localhost. So, someone had a web page on their computer that was being run on a local server and was directly accessing something on this site. My suspicion was that this person was stealing my design, or some component of it, and was hotlinking my images in the process. This isn't something I wanted to happen so I blocked their IP number as a referrer. Today I found that my suspicion was right, and found that they had put up their (part done?) version at http://evisions.cz/mazochova (it has now been removed). In case you're wondering how I knew that they had put it online, they are stupidly still hotlinking some of my images – and are even still linking through to my lastFM account, my SpreadFireFox affiliate account and even my GeoURL details; they didn't bother linking to my TextLinkAds account though.

They say that mimicry is the highest for of flattery, however I'm not particularly flattered that eVisions, a supposedly professional web design company, are intending to profit from my design. While I intend to contact them (and their hosts) and ask them to remove it, I'm not sure what else I can do about this – at some stage this is going to be passed on to someone else to use, and so I doubt they'll care too much if I post it on piratedsites.com (which I still intend to do). I'll probably have to hope that they do the decent thing and remove it, but my experience of Eastern Europeans on the internet leaves a lot to be desired, and doesn't fill me with too much confidence.

I can only hope that at some point in the future Anna Mazochová, the woman who is going to be ripped off by these thieves, gets to see this at some point and takes some action for herself. Unless someone has any ideas on effective ways to stop these people, If so, I'd be grateful for the heads up. In the meantime, here's a couple of screen shots:

  • The top half of one of the inner pages of the pirate site
  • Screenshot showing the stolen design linking to my LastFM account
  • Full page view of stolen design used at evisions.cz/mazochova
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