Intellectual Property, Copyright, and “Coomme Hosting” – Updated August 11, 6:47 PM EDT
At MDDHosting we have worked hard over the years to build our reputation and we always put quality of service and support above appearances. We eventually, after over 3 years in business, hired a designer to professionally create a new design for us. The design itself was very expensive and was created by vReplay.com over the course of several months.
Recently an individual associated with the domain “xthosts.com” decided to rip a copy of our design and make it available for public download. While they haven’t realistically done anything that anybody with basic skills couldn’t do if they spent some time doing it, they did make our copyrighted intellectual property illegally available to others in a fashion which proliferates the illegal use of our design.
We knew it was only a matter of time before we would have to go on the offensive to protect our intellectual property, and that time has passed. The “provider” going by the name “Coomme” is using an illegal copy of our design and, as such, is violating international copyright laws. What scares me the most about this, isn’t the fact that they could damage our reputation and corporate image, but that if they couldn’t take the time to come up with their own design and they did such a horrible job of editing in their own logos, what kind of service can their “customers” expect?
I can only hope that anybody looking into potentially signing up with “Coomme Hosting” can come across this post and realize that the provider they were considering is knowingly using stolen property.
Here is a current view of MDDHosting.com and Coomee.com as of this writing. Click on the images for full size.
If you look closely at the logo and the arrow that begins with “Secure & reliable hosting” you will see the obvious marks from the design being edited. It sickens me to know that there are individuals who will steal so blatantly.
Update 08/11/2011 – 1:27 PM EDT
It seems that they think that simply changing some of the colors, but yet still stealing the design itself makes the site “legal”… Seriously… GET YOUR OWN DESIGN.
Update 08/11/2011 – 6:47 PM EDT
The logo has changed, although it’s still using our rounded parallelogram and dashed lines, they’ve also changed the background on the comparison boxes and the colors of the “Order Now” and “Learn More” buttons. There is still a lot of our copyrighted material in use, but who knows, maybe by the time they’re done butchering this illegal copy of our intellectual property it won’t be recognizable?