Back in March 2008, I posted an entry, The Price You Pay, about a web design company that stole not only the overall style of our Fisticuff Design site, but also many of the graphical elements that Rene and I put time and energy into creating. What is worse, however, was the verbatim copying of all of our source code and structure.
Following the initial post, we contacted the design company who offered to pay us. This was certainly not about money, for us, it was a matter of respect. Needless to say, we declined and asked that they simply do the work they were originally hired to do, create a unique website for their client. They did not.
At the time of this initial post, we did not feel the need to contact The Flying Steamshovel, directly. Perhaps we should have, but we felt Empire New Media (the thieves) should own up to their actions of their own accord. No such luck.
Fast forward to August 2009. I received an email from The Flying Steamshovel expressing their concern for the way our post made them look and asked that I remove direct mention of their name in the text. Which I agreed I would do IF they agreed to redesign their website. To quote them,
“what matters here most is making things right on our end.”
“The General Manager of The Flying Steamshovel is on board with making major changes to the website, as soon as possible.”
Feeling good about humanity, I decided to uphold my end of the bargain, and referred to The Flying Steamshovel as TFS so that their customers would no longer find my blog when searching for their British Columbia based pub.
Well, it is now June, almost one year later and there have been no updates to the look of The Flying Steamshovel website. I think as a whole, Rene and I have been quite understanding and generous in allowing either Empire New Media or The Flying Steamshovel to rectify the situation. So today, I returned my blog post to its original text.
With that, I would just like to implore all web designers to just do your own work. If that is beyond your ability, then perhaps you are in the wrong line of work.