You know I love my google analytics, I've told you a thousand times. Browsing the referring sites of the past week I came about Geninne's Art Blog and her clever use of paint chips for original art. Aren't those little scenes as cute as can be? But I digress...let me tell you about the thief!
Today my usual sleuthing around my analytics page revealed a curiously high number of hits from a site I've never heard of. When I clicked the link I realized that images, color schemes and even the code itself was peeled and copied directly from my own website! You know the little green birdie and pink cat that are my logo and brand identity??? They even took that! (Needless to say I'm not going to link to that site until this gets straightened out). My web designer can see the back end of this whole mess and discovered that they also copied my google analytics ID code, so it's currently recording their web hits as well.
I suppose people don't take copyright infringement seriously enough--the interwebs is a big old place and they might figure that they'll never get caught. And being a reasonable person, I can understand if someone didn't know they were using copyright material. One time I downloaded stock art and failed to select the extended licensing agreement, but of course I remedied it right away. I'll give this crafty person and her web designer the benefit of the doubt. But if I don't receive a response to my email (an official request to cease using copyrighted materials) than I suppose I'll have to take action.
Have you ever been the victim of copyright infringement? How did you handle it?