Hi Luiz thank you for posting, yes your arguments are resonnables i know wery well these thinks. My interest is not in legal action, i don't need it in any case and i don't have time to waist in stupid questions, but really this think demonstrate a very bad attidude specially for someone that is usefull to partecipate in uw photos competitions and would be a famous photographer.
I makes web sites for job, i have a web agency www.webnetstudio.it and the asp application with the graphic used for my web site is registered an copyrighted here in italy, i sell it to my customers.
Writing the post my interest was to inform wetpixel members and photographer about a very bad action. If you like a web site certainly you could make inspiration from it and use some ideas (in my job is normal and i don't have any problem when i found some web site using my ideas or when i use some good ideas too) and maybe more, but in this case web site is totally copied and just some very littles changemets was maked from my original.
For job we use also templates that you can buy on the web (www.boxedart.com, www.designload.net). Also in this cases (paying for use) the vendors ask for contract to make substantials changements to the templates.
Differently, in my case, the owner of the web site has totally copied my site and make very little changement....and if you check also colors for the 90% are unchenged, layout is 100% the same. This could make some confusions because web site are very similars, for me is a respect lack and we can argument a lot about but the the true is that he copied the web site in a very brutal mode with not intelligence. With a little work is possible to use a similar layout and graphic making a very different web site...
My intentions are very differents from legal actions: i think is very important a forum like this one. It give the possibility to know members and photographer non very clear and professional because this action for me is just this a respect lack.
For me in life and in my job the respect is the fondamental think, differently today i can use your graphic for my web site, tomorrow your photos for make money and next week maybe more. Law can do very small think in this case the best is to use our community and to give informations about bad actions. Fondamental is people education.
Is important in our little world of uw photographer to have respect between us and to announce publicly when some member don't respect others banning this actions. Differently i don't think the we would like to have an UW phorography world populated by this kind of people, copying photos, web sites and more.
Sure it can be a compliment, some companies have copied some graphics that i maked in my job but making whit a little bit of intelligence and in some cases they asked me permissions with a simple email, it was a pleasure from me to give it.
For example i love Eric's Cheng web site but i'll never use the same graphic of this web site for 2 reasons: to respect the photographer and also because i would like to have a unique web page. I think that Eric, like you, will be disappointed to find on web his site totally copied.
Differently this guy present is work and his palmares...mybe it would be present his web site in some competition? Very simple to make thinks, when you need you totally copy.... and after that? Where is your professionalty? Next time you present some think ...will be your or a copied work?
Your web site is very good! I like it and i always read your posts to learn more :-).
Finally, i'm very relaxed i'm just returning for a beautifull dive trip with very good photos .... ;.))) maybe i will send to Laurent some of this images he could use one of theses in Antibes 2007 :-) ...you know i don't like UW photos competitions and if winners are guy like this ... i'm right :-). I make photos for passions like my scuba instructor job any i don't need more but i don't like this king of guys especially in our uw world.
Thank you for your answer and links ...very interesting :-)
MERRY CHRISTMAS :-)
PS: sorry for my poor and very bad english
Edited by erik, 25 December 2006 - 11:05 AM.