I was alerted in mid February 09 that the designer(and I use that term liberally) Kevin Norton had copied my portfolio (www.kevin.ie) completely to hs own site (www.kevinnorton.info) At the time I contacted him politely, not knowing if this was an immature student mistake, and to give him the benefit of the doubt. The site was taken down immediately, only to come back online recently. I check today (4 may 2009) to find it online once again.
Not only had the site completely ripped off my design, but included many copyrighted designs that I have done for my previous clients. See the images below for a comparison.
The depressing thing is that according to his LinkedIn profile, he recently found work with a London based agency in March ’09. I can’t help the feeling that he may have got the job based on my years of hard work, and his half and hour scraping my site. At the time of writing the site has now been taken down following one of my client’s complaints. Whether it stays down is another matter. I’ll post any updates about this on my blog.