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theivery; a tumblr theme copied v.15 menu bar

So I wasn’t going to do this but I’m a bit too upset to not say anything about it. I usually like to deal with “stealing” privately and not make a huge fuss out of it but this is a bit… I dunno. I just want to bring this into light. Basically, I came across someone who had copied my menu bar effect from version 15 (used the codes as base) for their public tumblr theme (aka. the tumblr theme with MY menu bar is available for use).

The menu bar took me many days and nights of sweat and stress and hair-falling-out before I got it right and perfect. I take pride in knowing that the menu bar was pretty damn original (I mean, after my years of browsing around, I haven’t seen anyone make something like it). I guess I’m pretty possessive of the effect because I would be positively angry if I saw anyone do the same thing (EVEN if they figured it out themselves after they saw mine). I know I shouldn’t feel that way, I mean, I’m probably not the *original* but still~ I want to, like, put a copyright on it or something.

Maybe I should just… I dunno, write a tutorial for it, make some themes including it (I am actually halfway in the process of making one but it got interrupted by my priority/OCD-need to make a new site layout).

I mean, inspiration does NOT equal *oh this is cool, I want to use it, so let’s copy*. When I saw this cool sidebar effect on a theme by atmosthemes, I immediately knew (how to go about coding it) and wanted to code something like it. But then, after some contemplation, I know I shouldn’t. I respect Aleeza, her themes are amazing and copying her (even if I didn’t use her codes) would be absolutely unoriginal and disrespectful. I mean, sure, its hard to know the original source of an idea on the internet, but her idea was original, and I ain’t gonna steal from that.

Anyhow, I just hope that person messages me back ASAP (and maturely about that matter) otherwise, I won’t get a good night’s rest tonight.

3 Comments »

  1. Comment by Jena — August 19, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

    I think that is absolutely ridiculous. I mean I get inspiration from other places, and sometimes my “inspiration” may look a lot like the person who’d done it before me but there are so many ways to make it look different, and someone shouldn’t copy exactly your codes, that’s just insanity.

    Maybe at some point somewhere, you could go for the effect you were talking about because, really that’d be awesome, because your themes are so amazing and you’ve given me tons of inspiration so I’m really sorry that happened to you.

  2. Comment by scatterflee — August 22, 2011 @ 6:00 am

    I don’t get it. Just don’t get it. Is that too hard to ask for help? Or use the tutorial, if is, and add a credit? If you cannot do it all alone, you have no rights to use the source code and claim it as your own. gah, sometimes people are so stupid… that’s a good word. i understand you very good, and sorry to see it happened. but it’s good you can prove your rights…
    it was ridiculous situation that some people steal my silly graphic, and my graphic style… and there’s no way to crush them. i cannot prove it’s something i invent, not them, even if other people saw it too. and it’s sad to me.
    they’re always people, who cannot respect other’s work… :c

  3. Comment by scatterflee — August 23, 2011 @ 4:32 am

    Thank you, i’m fine 🙂 and you?
    Yeah, it was good advice. I thought it’s harder than it is in real, it turns out that it’s system i wanted to have 🙂
    That’s good you resolved the problem. I really don’t know, why people prefer steal than learning new things themselves…

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