Plagiarism or Inspiration?

almost 7 years ago from Ray Sensebach, Product Designer

  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, almost 7 years ago

    there are plenty of similarities here that go beyond established conventions and best practices.

    4 points
    • Account deleted almost 7 years ago

      Absolutely, but when do we as designers draw the line between similarities/inspiration and plagiarism... and more importantly, why aren't we consistent about it?

      0 points
      • Chris MeeksChris Meeks, almost 7 years ago

        A trademark of plagiarism is an exact copy. Is the report an exact copy? No, but it's incredibly close. And this new product is for a different service "Eventbrite" vs. "Stripe", but it's an analytics platform. That's a huge similarity.

        Also, they duplicated exact copy that Josh or I wrote for the Baremetrics site. That's literally plagiarism.

        0 points
        • Account deleted almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

          I agree that some of the copy is sketchy as all get-go. I think I mentioned that in an earlier comment. My point was more broad than even just your site. My point was that as designers we are very wishy-washy on what we cry foul about. One minute we revere products and designs that stole or were severely "inspired" by other's work... but other times we go after it with pitchforks.

          My beef is that our industry as a whole seems to pick these fights inconsistently.

          I will say though, now that you mentioned in your other comment how they even ripped off your code, I have def swayed on the side of "plagiarism". In this case though, I'm not sure if it means it's still worth getting overly worked up about. Have you reached out to them?

          If anything, if they did take your code verbatim, I would ask them for some form of compensation or to take it down (or allow you to design something for them for $).

          I would be curious to know their reaction.

          1 point