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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Written by The Bee

January 13, 2020

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It’s a sad day that we have to publish an article about this topic.  Online digital theft, copyright violations, trademark violations, and plain ol’ copy catting has been around since the internet began.  Now more than ever it’s easier to copy another piece of design, images, or music from others without giving credit where credit is due. We at The Bee certainly didn’t expect it to happen to us, but it has.  Not from some small company in another country, but right here in our backyard. Web Nerds of Bullhead City has taken it upon themselves to copy the homepage header design, pricing pages, and FAQ section of myMarketing Designs LLC, a local web designer that manages our website.  The thing about the internet is it’s written in pen, not pencil.  It stays forever.  https://web.archive.org/ has been saving website images for years so folks can always go back and see the progress of sites over the years.  See below as we investigate the thievery.

 

JANUARY 10, 2019

myMarketing Designs published it’s new Homepage design in January of 2019 with a new “Particle follow” effect on mouse cursor and transitioning gradient layer. Date stamped by web.archive.org ~ The history of webpages. (click to enlarge)

JANUARY 24, 2019

Web Nerds was still operating an older template homepage design. 

Date stamped by web.archive.org ~ The history of webpages. (click to enlarge)

JUNE 21, 2019

myMarketing Designs published it’s new Pricing page and FAQ section to make it easier and more transparent for pricing and policies. Date stamped by web.archive.org ~ The history of webpages. (click to enlarge)

AUGUST 30, 2019

Web Nerds hadn’t published “website-pricing” page until August 30th, 2019.

Date stamped by web.archive.org ~ The history of webpages. (click to enlarge)

Now let’s take a look today, Jan 13th, 2020.

The theft was brought to our attention by a potential client that thought it odd that both websites looked so similiar.

myMarketing Designs

Web Nerds

myMarketing Designs

Web Nerds

myMarketing Designs

Web Nerds

So now what do we do?

We’ve decided to take the matter to public shaming. Shame on you Web Nerds and Tamara Powers for stealing our design styling and verbiage.  Shame on you for not providing your clients with an honest representation of your business and services. Our community is too small for this to go un-noticed.  Our community deserves better from their businesses and service providers.

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