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#1 MikeDVB

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 05:59 PM

It seems that a new "provider" has taken it upon themselves to use our new design for their own benefit. They've been making changes to the design, but that doesn't change the fact that they're still using our copyrighted intellectual property.

It's unfortunate that they would steal a design and then take so much time to butcher it when they could have gotten a free [and legal] design somewhere else.

I guess this is what thieves will resort to.

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For more details, you can check my blog post here.
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Posted 12 August 2011 - 12:27 AM

Wow, talk about a direct rip of your design. Really blatant. Kind of speaks to their ethical standards; not sure I would trust them with any of my money for hosting.


(BTW - your blog post link to vReplay.com is broken.)
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#3 MikeDVB

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 12:36 AM

Fixed the link, thanks :).
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Posted 12 August 2011 - 06:33 PM

Mike's blog post was updated in response to Coomme's "changes" to try and get around the fact that they stole MDDHosting's intellectual property. (Hint: Changing the images to grayscale doesn't mean they suddenly didn't steal everything.)
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Posted 20 August 2011 - 03:32 AM

It appears that their site is now gone? It's redirecting to a "Hosting 8 Domain" website now. Is everything sorted now (with the Coomme guys, obviously the illegal design download is another issue altogether), Mike?
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#6 MikeDVB

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 05:32 PM

It appears that their site is now gone? It's redirecting to a "Hosting 8 Domain" website now. Is everything sorted now (with the Coomme guys, obviously the illegal design download is another issue altogether), Mike?

Indeed, their site is down, but we're not going to remove what has been posted about them as it's not any less true today than the day it was posted. As far as the download, it's up for download all over the internet and realistically there's not going to be anything we can do about that short of finding those who use the design and doing what we can to have it taken offline.

The internet, unfortunately, is a hostile place.
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Posted 25 August 2011 - 05:49 PM

It's really saddening that these "providers" will sink to this level, but unfortunately, they have. We found another provider today by the name of "HostYourDream" which is on http://www.hostyourdream.net/ that appears to be preparing a rip of our design to be used on their site. It's not yet active as of this post, but based upon the work they've done on our design I can only assume it will be soon.

If you wish to read the short write-up I've made, you can do so here.

I will update the post with information if there are any updates.
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Posted 27 August 2011 - 12:28 PM

You know, I think it wouldn't bother me so much if they'd at least take the time to remove our live chat icon from the theme if they're going to use it illegally.
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I guess that gives us the opportunity to tell their potential clients that the host they're visiting are thieves.

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 09:10 PM

I'm sorry that happened to you Mike - it's happened to me several times in the past as well and it's not fun at all. :(
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Posted 10 September 2011 - 02:22 AM

Another one, you'll notice the MDD logo is still in the footer:
micro-host.com - Title: Micro-Host - Professional Hosting Solutions - Screen Shot
-> Hosted at ThePlanet
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Posted 10 September 2011 - 08:15 AM

Another one, you'll notice the MDD logo is still in the footer:


Not only did they leave the MDD logo in the footer they left your phone numbers in the header.
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#12 MikeDVB

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 01:46 PM

Another day, another thief. This time around "shuffleclick.com"
hosting.shuffleclick.com - Title: ShuffleClick Hosting - Professional Hosting Solutions - Screen Shot
-> ShuffleClick.com is hosted at Softlayer Technologies, Inc.

For those just joining in, it's a rip of our copyrighted intellectual property found at http://www.mddhosting.com/
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