Sometime back there was a story floating around cyberspace about how the British PM’s blog used a design without crediting the original author and thus violating copyright laws. Now it turns out that the Pakistani finance ministry wants to try their own hand at blogging and its gone and done a similar misdeed by using a design without crediting the original author.
The footer link on the finance ministry blog gives the whole credit to a pakistani company called solutions player. But if you look at the css style sheet you find a different story. The real author of the alpha theme is a filipino designer Chiq Montes:
Theme Name: Alpha
Description: This theme and several hundred of others are available for free download at WordPress Templates.
Author URI: http://www.wpthemedesigner.com/
And yet there is no link to Montes’ site anywhere on the blog:
So how does removing the footer links equate to stealing? Well they’ve done more than that. They’ve passed of her design as their own and made money off it. That is stealing.
Chiq includes a link to
her site in the theme in order to increase her site’s backlinks. The more links you have pointing to
your website the more visitors you get and the more visitors you get the more money you make
from advertising. Remove the link and the author gets nothing for her effort.
Furthermore alpha is a sponsored theme with links to advertiser’s websites in the footer. These sponsors compensate Chiq for her hard work in making themes like these available for download. By removing these links the finance ministry is stealing. As the ministry charged with managing our tax rupees it is setting a bad example for all.