A lesson for "designers" & those that hire
Although I may be a little preoccupied at the moment with work, I do make an effort to check Mint on a daily basis for traffic and referrer logs. The routine can be rather mundane at times: check active browsers, check uniques, check download counter, and finally arbitrary clicks through referrer logs which leads me to my post today.
It’s on a server, but it doesn’t mean it’s free
Like any other hosted domain: a) there are webpages, b) there is a server, and c) there are lots of directories. To any aspiring or beginning "designers" out there who are contracted out, bartered, or requested to do a favor by a friend, do not crawl through directories on someone elses server in search of work to claim as your own. Very, very, unprofessional.
Do not rip, borrow, use, or pass off as your own
Contrary to what others may have you believe, the interent is not all that grand of a playground. While you may sit at home gloating because a) you found a design to rip, b) you managed to pass it off as your own (from the clients point-of-view), and c) you think you’ve outsmarted the original author… you’re completely wrong. Bask in the spotlight while you can as your laziness will eventually catch up to you in the form of a missed reference to the originating authors server.
You’ve been caught, you carry no weight
If you’ve been caught and have received notice to remove content within a 24 hour window, do not attempt to sway the author or involved parties into extending that period. You hold no rights to the design and only irritate the originating author to make the situation public. CubeFund [ripped vs. original].