Pirates Ahoy! | July 1, 2004
I quite like Pirated Sites and have always wanted to submit something to it. Both this blog and my ill fated Zen Garden design have been copied to death, yet I've always resisted the urge to submit them. Most of the time a polite email to the offender will suffice and In the end, they are just little personal sites.
A few days ago, the incredibly talented Johan pointed me to this blatant rip of his excellent WSA design. Repeated emails to both the site owner and (cough) designer have been to no avail, so I asked Johan if he minded me submitting it to Pirated Sites. A couple of days later and we're in.
No doubt this blatant piracy will make you furious, so please feel free to stamp your feet, bang the table and grind your teeth in anger. If you wanted you could even let them know how you feel by the magic of email.
You do have to be careful when submitting a site though. For instance, I really like the Wildly Sophisticated site, which is why I gave it one of the first Web Standards Awards bronze stars. However I do think it's pushing the bounds of reality just a little to suggest this site is anything other than a poor relation. Possibly inspired, but doubtfully pirated.
I'm beginning to think that one very accurate barometer for success is the number of times you appear in Pirated Sites (obviously as the copied, not the copier). 37signals are in there 4 times, k10k are in there 5 times and Netymology a stunning 8 times. I guess they must be doing something right.
Posted at July 1, 2004 7:54 PM