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They have had no connection with the development of my site...ever...period.
I have asked them to remove the site from their folio - several months later they have not.
They are in Ireland - I am in Australia - what can I do?
Should I just get over it?
IS the irish company claiming they did what you did? or perhaps they may have advised the client on something else? or perhaps are they contacting the same target companies for work in which case it may be more of a problem.
Have you spoken to them, is there a logical explanation?
Is there a trading standards organisation in Ireland you could address a complaint to about this?
Hope some idea may help you.
It's probably not a trading standards issue. Ireland must have some kind of advertising standards agency that regulates which adverts are allowed and which are not. It may be part of trading standards, it could be a separate organisation.
[edited by: PCInk at 8:55 am (utc) on Nov. 28, 2003]
ROFL, and the "site designed for Internet Explorer 4.6, 32000 colours, 512x480 resolution, site designed by <their_company>" message too. And the "please download Internet Explorer 4.6" message and a link to Microsoft!
Actually, although it looks like a joke, it could well turn out to be quite funny.
But on a serious note, you could simply check the referrer and forward them to a warning page on the client's site in their standard format that (carefully) indicates that some companies are claiming this work is their own, but is not. Then ask the visitor to note the copyright message/designed for message at the bottom of each page.
That may look more professional and may not damage your client's reputation either, an important consideration.
However, we knew the guy and we knew his capabilities weren't that great. So we didn't do anything about it, because we figured that sooner or later, if someone hired him on the basis of stolen stuff in his portfolio, it'd come back to haunt him when he couldn't deliver that quality of work.
I'd try not worry too much about it, if I were you. :)
If someone is willing to stoop to the low level of Portfolio-jacking then they won’t stop there… Site-jacking websites to sell to their clients is probably on their list as well.
People like that are not worth the time of day IMHO.
Or treat the page as your daily entertainment and rotate all kinds of content on it until the losers at AS find an easier target.
One has to wonder, though, out of 5B web sites, why did they choose you?
Always answer your question with confidence :)
Yours stood out above the rest, and they wanted to take the best for them to look the best.
I would personally take anybody coming from his site to a page advertising your web business hehe, then under that explaining what has happened to their connection, and some type of click through to the site indented.
I have pretty much resolved to let it slide. We have redesigned our website now so there is even less connection to the wa*ker in question.
Ultimately I was just frustrated that I couldn't pop around the corner in person and tell him to take it down. I'm not losing any business or work.
Maybe it's a compliment... or maybe he just picked a site that was very far away from him so there could be no reprisals.
In any case, my favourite suggestion is to take a trip to Ireland some time in the near future - always wanted to go there anyway.
oim comin' paddy. oim comin' t' git ye.
I can guarantee you that this person is still living at home with his parents. If you ring the landline number given on the contact page (not the mobile) and ask to speak to Mr. or Mrs. Warren. You can ask his parents if they would ask their son to remove the page from his website.
[edited by: nahdoic at 12:35 am (utc) on Dec. 8, 2003]
Funny thing was the way we found out about him. The owner of the other website in his folio contacted us trying to find him. I think they were a legitimate client of his.
He's a shady lad - even his clients can't pin him down.
The more I think about it the funnier it gets. I should thank him for the laughs I guess.