So here's something a little different... I've found about a dozen different websites (mostly from India and China) that ripped off my site - actually lifted the code straight from mine!
Many of them have changed the graphics to varying degrees, but most a did really sloppy job with the code, leaving references to my name, my Google Analytics code, my copyright info, etc...
What's even more deplorable is that several of them are so-called web designers! Or even worse, DreamTeam (a tech company based in Jodhpur, India.) have claimed that they designed the site themselves, and SOLD IT TO A CLIENT! Cheeky!
Here you can check out my old site online, but I made some changed after discovering the rips - notably, I've added a "Please don't steal this site" disclaimer to my CSS and replaced the Google Analytics code.
This is the one ripped by DreamTeam. I've already had words with the site owner and with DreamTeam's CEO. They took the site down at first and looks like they were trying to re-build it themselves, but they couldn't figure out the code or something, cause they just put mine back up and asked me to provide Copyright info.
I directed them to info on the Berne Convention and India's own Copyright Office... at which point they RENAMED the css and js files... without actually changing the code! Worst part is the CEO is being super-rude and claims to have done nothing wrong. I wonder if their partners at Intel and HP would feel the same?
Here's snapshots of their code BEFORE they had a chance to change it. I've highlighted some points of interest.
Haven't heard back from these clowns at all. Here's the code (note that they copied my old Google Analytics code, which I am still tracking)
This guy rips off my code to build his own site, and then mods it slightly for a buddy (see thumbnails). Even better? He's using my name in his folder structure, and even has notes in his code referencing that he's ripped the code from my site. I guess he needs to keep track of where he's stealing all this code from:
There were about ten others, but since I've contacted them, most have taken their sites down.
Since this debacle, I've redesigned my site and am now offering that design as an open-sourced template; I figure that it's the easiest way to safeguard my Google Analytics code from future tampering... though nothing's foolproof.