AOL's Calacanis calls Weblog Firm "Theives"

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The audacity of Creative Weblogging, a blog network not too high on the radar, is undoubtably high. They've virtually copied AOL's Weblogs Inc design to a tee. Principle tantrum thrower Jason Calacanis has gone absolutely apeshit over the theft of design calling them theives, and worse.

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The ironic part about this is that these slime buckets raised their first round from two folks I've never heard of today. Whoever these loser investors are they should do some due diligence. You guys are investing in a bunch of worthless lies and cheats. Whatever money you gave them is probably embezzled right now. I mean, if you don't have a problem stealing a persons IP why would you have a problem stealing someones cash?

Funny thing is, CW stand a better chance of suing Jason for his comments, than he does of suing them over the clear design ripoff.

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If people think I'm going to get soft just because we were acquired they are sadly, and profoundly, mistaken. I'd tell you idiots you would be hearing from my lawyers, but at this point you should expect a call from AOL's lawyers

Is it just me, or does that remind anyone of a certain Mr Heil, we're all too familiar with?

Thing is Jason, that I don't think you can do much about that, you don't have (i assume) a patent on text bubbles at the top of a page, hell, many, many sites have used that design technique over the years.

Saying that though, im not siding with CW, it's a clear copycat, and I agree it's a stupid move on their part.

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absolutely apeshit

"absolutely apeshit" what a rather apt way of putting it, a fine use of the English language I must say :-)

I like the

I like the creative-weblogging.com design better. IMHO creative-weblogging.com looks more different to weblogsinc than search.msn.com does to google.com.

The only part of the design they copy is the concept of the bubbles, but the bubbles are different enough not to be a copy. How many different ways are there to do a blog network?

Take google and msn. I'm not saying MSN are "slime buckets", have "loser investors" or "a bunch of worthless lies and cheats" just becasue they took some of the design elements of Google search. But MSN's ( and yahoo's for that matter ) design is more similar to google's than these 2 blog networks are.

I do think they are fairly

I do think they are fairly similar, and there will plenty more of it going forward. Maybe he should try pirated-sites.com to see how common it is.

Recently someone registered searchengineoptimizationbook.com, stole some of my sales copy, created a similar concept & layout, bid on my name selling their expert SEO book, and then started spamming multiple forums to market it.

Controvercy is easy to link at...always worth spinning up the story anytime there might be a chance to.

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That was the link I was looking for seobook! http://archive.pirated-sites.com/. I don't think Creative Weblogging would make the cut to be listed on pirated-sites.com.

Recently someone registered

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Recently someone registered searchengineoptimizationbook.com, stole some of my sales copy, created a similar concept & layout, bid on my name selling their expert SEO book, and then started spamming multiple forums to market it.

They did that here, a really lame, "you're clearly stupid and wont be able to see through this" post. "hey, i discovered this great new book!" - yeah, sure you did arsewipe, now fuck off out of my website...

He will never get the "copy" thing to stick

They are just not "similar" enough

The AOL lawyers may well fire off a letter, but the other guys will (ought to) ignore it, and it will never get to court.

As others have said, all he is doing is giving the opposition free publicity

and plublicity for himself

all he is doing is giving the opposition free publicity

and free plublicity for himself :)

Give him a clean diaper

I think anyone reading this post has experienced far worse instances of having a site copied. I know I have. Crying about it won't help. I think he just needs to get over himself, and not let crap like that bother him. I think I'd have had a heart attack a while ago if I let imitators stress me out on that level.

what a

what a spaz/wanker

Calacanis, you're on notice.

oh puh-leeze

hardly passing off is it?

I can see why he's miffed -

I can see why he's miffed - but i do agree with the comments on the unseemly foot stomping, it's very Jason...

it's very SOMETHING, not

it's very SOMETHING, not sure 'jason' is the word i'd use... ;-)

Perhaps a copy

But they appear to have improved upon the original. I like the "copy" better.

And Creative Weblogging reply..

Torsten Jacobi, CEO of Creative Weblogging has a response on his blog.

He is not a happy bunny with Jason C

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No doubt there are some similarities on the two web sites. Three boxes incorporate nicely the groups of people WeblogsInc and Creative Weblogging are both are serving to. But that’s where it ends.

As Jason does know most of the 'inspiration' he takes comes from blogs out there and he uses these ideas into a common style sheet. That's how web design works all over the world - no surprise here.

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Forget this PR stunt - do what you have done before - make your sites the coolest destination on the internet and stop stone throwing. Take down these accusations!

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