Icon Theft to Logo Theft
2005 September 12 by Josh
Over the years, we've had plenty of our icon design work stolen carte blanche from our portfolio and reused illegally on some website, in software for sale, or in somebody else's portfolio. It's disturbing, and at times sickening, that people have no regard for original work.
By stealing work from our portfolio for their own use they violate our copyright as well as the rights of our clients who paid for the work to be commissioned. Today we may have found a new low, as a logo has been ripped from our site (or the site of our client) and is being used as the logo for an online retailer.
Perhaps Maxmost feels like they can drive traffic to their site by raising a stir using a logo stolen from our portfolio. However, this just doesn't seem like the best way to do business, now does it? Our friends at Squarespace have already attempted contacting the Maxmost to remove the offending logo from their site, but as of this post the logo remains.
Update: The logo has been removed. The word is that the logo design was contracted by a third party designer (who simply decided our logo design would work for the job). If this is the case, we're very sorry for Maxmost. This is not too cool. We're not so sorry for the offending logo designer cum thief.