View Full Version : Stolen Websites - Can you Believe this?
10-15-2008, 05:53 PM
I thought I'd seen it all but this is the topper. One of my clients alerted me to this site: http://www.die-site.com/ that has stolen from www.terrortest.com The Nest and several other sites that I've done and turned it into a site for "Atmosfear" which is also stolen from one my UK clients. I just cannot believe someone would be this blatant about ripping off my work.
I have no way of contacting this person to stop them so does anyone have any suggestions on how to go about stopping something like this?
See for yourself http://www.die-site.com/
then my site www.terrortest.com (http://www.terrortest.com)
He also took a lot from www.thecarnagehauntedhouse.com (http://www.thecarnagehauntedhouse.com) as well.
10-15-2008, 06:02 PM
check ur pm
10-15-2008, 06:03 PM
That is outrageous ... if you look at the bottom of this site it ever says it was designed by their team. Did you contact them?
10-15-2008, 07:23 PM
That's unbelievable ! that happened to us once, a moron stole some art from us years ago that's why I copyright everything now, you need to contact this person to remove your art from their site or you'd sue them, this is awful... I hope you'll contact them and find a solution fast, I hate when people with no talent steal other's work...
10-15-2008, 07:32 PM
here is their number, I found it in the press page of their site I think they are from the uk
07845239042 or email email@example.com
LOL I found this too:
Requests To Remove Certain Content From Our Sites
If you believe that content you own has been copied and made accessible in a manner that violates your intellectual property rights, please review our copyright notice.
I say... sue their arses lol
10-15-2008, 07:54 PM
This is a disgrace! There's a difference between having a site as "inspiration" and completely stealing one!! I know that I am contracting our site to be made, and sent the makers a list of sites I love to use as inspiration... but this is just... ugh... makes me sick!
10-15-2008, 09:16 PM
Stealing is stealing! Lying is lying! WTH is going on???
10-15-2008, 10:28 PM
A couple of more interesting quotes from their site:
"Our sites include a combination of content that we create, that our partners create and that our users create. All materials published on our sites, including, but not limited to, written content, photographs, graphics, images, illustrations, marks, logos, sound or video clips and flash animation, are protected by our copyrights or trademarks or those of our partners. You may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, reproduce, create derivative works of, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display or in any way exploit any of the materials or content or our sites in whole or in part. If you would like to request permission to use any of the content on our sites, please review our Copyright notice."
"We do not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of the content on our sites."
It's bad enough to steal something. But to get caught and claim you own it is really something.
I also notice that many of the pages on their site don't work or aren't finished. Don't you just hate it when you steal something and it doesn't work right?
10-15-2008, 10:36 PM
Why not call him and ask him why?
rickie worrall (firstname.lastname@example.org)
4 Bracken Way
or contact his hosting provider and file a complaint
10-16-2008, 01:39 AM
Thanks guys. I've been so busy that I didn't have time to go through their whole site. Thanks for digging out that contact info. I'll see what I can do and contact their hosting company as well.
10-16-2008, 08:06 AM
I see their whole site is down. Heopfully they are removing your artwork
10-16-2008, 09:28 AM
That was just nuts Chris. I know the feeling from my day job. We once had to go after a car dealership for a total rip off of my design for another dealership.
Hopefully as stated already, they are removing the items and doing something different.
10-16-2008, 12:17 PM
A quick update: I did contact the company and they say they hired someone off the internet to do the site for them and they had no idea the graphics were all stolen they claim. However I've been told by one of my clients that this site was up elsewhere then came down and went up again so the whole thing still sounds fishy but for now I guess its down so we'll see if it appears again somewhere else. Thanks guys!
10-16-2008, 12:45 PM
We ALL must stick together on issues like this... when we see something like this we must report it. Theft of your hard work and then someone profiting by it is wrong. We must all stick together when we see this stuff.
Chris I'm sorry this happened to you!
Thanks for shutting them down so quick. I wish we could have figured out a way to run all of their online ticket sales to my account....lol.
We are having a record season so far and I'm sure our killer website has alot to do with it.
Rick - The Terror Test
10-17-2008, 12:18 PM
This just keeps getting better folks. Today I received an email from Sunset (THE COMPANY THAT STOLE ALL THE ARTWORK AND PAGE DESIGNS) from another person in the organization that actually has the guts to challenge me that I did all the artwork and that my clients hold copyrights for the artwork that has appeared on their sites. I just love this! On top of it the image they stole from Terrortest.com of the girl and the needle is my sister! I cannot get over the nerve of this company. This could get pretty ugly. I'll keep everyone up to date on whats happening and if anyone sees this art pop up somewhere else please let us all know where.
10-17-2008, 01:07 PM
That's Crazy, hope you can get their site blocked
10-18-2008, 03:54 AM
They are probably thinking all they have to do is stall until Nov. 1 and they win. Worry about next year next year.
10-20-2008, 02:04 AM
The Drama continues. I'm shocked at how long this sunset entertainment company is willing to drag this out. Its clear what they did and yet they continue sending me these slightly threatening emails demanding I prove they stole the graphics. I basically have left it now at simply they can stop using the artwork (which the have as far as I can tell) and let this issue drop, hire a new designer to do the site. Or they can continue to push this issue and face more trouble.
What's crazy about this is that they are not just messing with me at this point. They took art from my clients and they are the legal copyright holders on that artwork since I sign it over to them as part of their design contract. They own it and they can go after any company that is using it illegally.
Its just insane that this company wants to possibly involve themselves in a lawsuit rather that suck it up and pay to get new graphics.
10-21-2008, 07:44 AM
you owned / designed the artwork first...simply check out the file date/time stamp on the webserver for when it was uploaded / created...the earliest date/time WINS!!! Keep all correspondance, and print out a file listing of the documents and graphics from your webserver...keep fighting...they'll back down...especially when all of the negative publicity hits the fan!
10-21-2008, 12:20 PM
In my last email to the infringers this is basically what I did. I told them I have dated records for the creation of all the images, source files, server upload records etc etc. They have basically finally backed off and are now admitting that their "designer" stole the graphics from my portfolio and that they will cease using the images and hire a new designer. They still tried to tell me I've been threatening with my emails. Gee ! I wonder why I would be threatening with my emails since they stole my, and my clients, property?
It just goes to show that there are a lot of stupid people out there that have no business owning or operating a company if that can't understand a simple concept such as "Don't steal from others."
10-21-2008, 01:11 PM
This is from the "I can't leave my day job behind" category.
My name is Jonathan Bailey and I work as a plagiarism and copyright consultant, I write at plagiarismtoday.com.
I'm glad that the situation was resolved. But I wanted to extend an offer to anyone in the forums that, if you see your content being ripped off elsewhere, feel free to shoot me a PM or an email. I'm happy to help, especially fellow haunters.
One thing that I would like to discourage though is the posting of personal information or links to plagiarizing sites. The reason is this. Sometimes these things get out of hand. I don't think that happened here, but I've seen it many times before. The pitchforks come out and people go a wee bit overboard. That can cause legal trouble for the person who posted it as well as this forum itself depending on how serious things get.
Also, it is worth noting that linking to a plagiarist helps them out as they get search engine juice from pretty much all links, even nofollowed ones.
If you see your content being misused, the best thing you can do is file a DMCA notice. If you want, I can help. Just PM me or email me, for my fellow haunters, I'll gladly help for free as much as I can.
We're all in this together. I want to do my part for the community.
11-21-2008, 03:37 AM
Hi Fellow USA Haunters!
I just wanted to add a little note from our side of the pond (UK), as Creative Producer for AtmosFEAR! Scare Attractions Ltd., a company that has been trading succesfully since 2002, and now one of only three independent attraction producers in England, we were amazed when Chris (Rogues Hollow) told us about this blatant copyright infringement. We have been trading as a haunted/scare attraction company for years under the name AtmosFEAR! and to have a group of newcomers try and 'pass off' as us is incredible! We have been in contact with them and they have agreed to remove all mention of the name 'AtmosFEAR!' in relation to their intended 'attraction' and will be re-naming it. We gave them until this coming Monday (w/c 24th November 08) to do this or we will sue them for 'passing off' as us. Having taken legal advice they would not stand a chance in trying to argue their case. Let's hope that is an end to it!
AtmosFEAR! Scare Attractions Ltd.
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