Internet Copy Cats!

Internet is growing in leaps and bounds and this means content too is being generated in large volumes.But hang on, is content being generated or is it being reproduced?

It is the latter, and one can clearly see the same from different instances that bring out this aspect of COPYING blatantly just to get traffic. Ethics apart, such websites don’t have an objective or a larger goal but are primarily driven by getting traffic to their website.

We found one website, which we would like to show you to explain how copying of content, design, layout takes place. This kind of approach does no good to the overall growth of internet as it is the same content which gets reproduced and which could lead to a dearth in the long run. Imagine, searching for some stuff on Google and getting the same search results from different sources, all appearing alike, Horrible isn’t it? Well, unfortunately the web is slowly moving towards that and it is websites like www.nkut.com which are driving such an trend.

youtube.nkut.com, has taken the layout from youtube.snehah.com, and used it for on their websites. As can be seen from the images below, this is further heightened by the fact, that the website has even copied the CSS of youtube.snehah.com. The AUTHOR’S NAME ( SRAVAN) of youtube.snehah.com in the comments of the CSS (/*SRAVAN*/) has also been copied in the CSS of nkut which goes to show the EXTENT of blind copying being resorted by www.nkut.com. This is a also a classic example of an imitator who wants to go and do what is already available and not come up with something genuine.

Here is our CSS path’s:

Nkut CSS
http://youtube.nkut.com/wp-content/themes/Redoable1.2/style.css

snehaH.com CSS
http://youtube.snehah.com/wp-content/themes/redoable/style.css

you can literally compare their CSS and our CSS which contains our commented message saying “/*SRAVAN*/” they blindly copied the same….. check the snapshot of the same below…..

copy css

Apart from this the worst part comes in the form of content. Each post which is put up in www.youtube.snehah.com gets copies and reproduced in youtube.nkut.com within a short while which goes to show that the website as a whole does not have any novel content to provide its users. And this might be just one instance. Just imagine all its services could be a reproduction from various sources, in other words, it could be a website which is being fuelled by other websites who have genuine content.
The best and the most visible instance of copying can be seen in the disclaimer message which is a word by word repetition and reproduction from www.youtube.snehah.com, now that is called copying the warning!

WordPress which gives codes and a platform to launch blogs and templates for independent bloggers also are at the receiving end of things as their template which has been reproduced and has not been acknowledged by www.nkut.com.

The comparison of the instances might appear confusing so one way to separate the genuine from fake would be to have a look at the time stamp on each post. The posts by youtube.nkut.com would show a time lag which proves the above !

The sad part is the weak laws which govern the web with regard to content and designing. Ingenuity cannot be proved easily and reproduction and repetition is not properly defined for the medium.

Web, we all agree is an ocean or numerous oceans put together..but it what makes it fascinating is the diversity. The one way we can keep the web growing is by making VALUE ADDITIONS TO prevailing and existing ideas and content and NOT COPY THEM BLATANTLY. An act and approach like this will only lead to a negative growth trend for internet in the long run and websites which do this like www.nkut.com should stop and do value additions before reproducing the content.

Even after the prior copyright claim notice to nkut.com – they dint even bothered to respond back to us. So finally we have decided to come out with this article.

Let me explain in detail what they have literally copied with snapshots:

The right snapshots are the original and the actual owners of Youtube.snehaH.com, we have highlighted our snapshots with GREEN color to explain/show what they have copied literally.

Here comes the first snapshot:

1. They copied Javascript file in which we have a global menu “snehaH Videos Games Bookmarks…..” etc. and the logo – they copied literally – check the difference.

snehaH Logo Copy

2. On 29th March 2008, after observing that nkut.com is copying our concept – we thought to have this Disclaimer Notice and Copyright Violation message, they copied even that and smartly they changed the date to 28th March 2008 🙂

snehaH.com Disclaimer Notice

snehaH.com Disclaimer Date

3. Footer: We have a Creative Commons License and WordPress 2.5 and Redoable 1.2 (theme) we have kept all link back to the respective owners, but Nkut.com simply removed those which shows literally the copyright violation of wordpress and also Redoable.

snehaH.com footer


and now Here is what they couldn’t copy:

1. Since long we are maintaining this site and here is the FeedBurner – RSS Feeds

RSS Feed Burner

2. Check the related posts – we have formatted well but they couldn’t.

Related Posts

3. They forgot to modify the dates for their regular articles as they did a proper modification in Disclaimer and Copyright Violation notice/article.

4. They couldn’t find the “Google Ajax Related Search” which we have recently released as an experimental wordpress plugin – you can find the details about this plugin in our website.

google_ajax_related_search

5. Discover This is our new project which is still under development phase and testing phase – and we just had this Discover this button to test our services.

Discover This


6. and the another one – Google Custom Search – they couldn’t do it.

Google Search

Repeated:
Web, we all agree is an ocean or numerous oceans put together..but it what makes it fascinating is the diversity. The one way we can keep the web growing is by making VALUE ADDITIONS TO prevailing and existing ideas and content and NOT COPY THEM BLATANTLY. An act and approach like this will only lead to a negative growth trend for internet in the long run and websites which do this like www.nkut.com should stop and do value additions before reproducing the content.

So friends – let us know your feedback on further action to be taken care. Hope to hear from you all, thanks in advance. Spread this article so that no one should copy here after.

Finally: I hope they won’t copy this article after seeing this post by changing the content 🙂 – Joke’s apart – this is a serious issue for all web developers.

Copy Cat’s Updates:

April 01 2008 10:30PM IST – they took the step by changing the CSS to the original theme of Redoable, they still didn’t even bother to shut down their copied site.

April 02 2008 8:30AM IST – ha ha again they are using our CSS, now they have removed the commented /*SRAVAN*/ text and they replaced it with /*NKUT*/ – shame on their part they don’t even know that there is no use of that comment in the CSS any more. This shows a true copy cat act – now I hate those people totally – shame on their part – they should know what they are doing at least on their part and common they are running a hosting service too – some “FM Informatics” where is the guarantee that they won’t copy the other hosted content in their servers or some R n D stuff done by some web masters/developers – so I prefer not to go with their hosting services anymore. Hope you all agree with me.

Lets check their next step.