One of the hardest situations for designers is getting their design ripped off without any respect for the hard work they put in their work. I Love Colors’ design was ripped off today. The ripper site is a site from China, Wooton.cn, whose hosting provider is en.hichina.com. I’ve sent today an email (not a cease and desist yet, just a friendly email) to notify them about this irregular behaviour on one of their sites, which I’m sure goes unnoticed by now. And yeah, he didn’t even removed the logo!
To say the truth, rip-off is a soft term in this case: the complete WordPress theme design was stolen no matter how recognized and well-known and copyrighted ilovecolors’ design is. The chinese beind the copy also maintains a site of doubious content and, I don’t know chinese so I just ran the page through Chrome translator and it appears to say that startfunction.com is actually a copy of that masterfully crafted design at wooton.cn. For the sake of politeness, I must say: Lame, although you can add as many adjectives as you want.
Anyway, I’ve emailed en.hichina.com and will be waiting for their response which hopefully will be good. They seem to be a respectable company, so I’m sure they will properly handle this incident.