At thefwa.com I found a great portfolio site of a photographer called Joshua Stearns. So, I just visited joshuastearns.com and was really impressed. Nice concept of a portfolio, nice photos, everything nice. I am looking at a lot of portfolio sites, because one day I plan to create my own one:-) One day later I was just googling around and found a site, that is selling templates. It is called myflashxml. And I was really upset to see the exact template for 349$ (row 4, left side), that Joshua Stearns uses on his site? Really? Did he buy a template for his own site, even when he is a very good designer, which you can see here? Or did someone grab his flash code and sell it now as a template? A lot of questions, so I wrote a mail to Joshua. This is what I wrote:
just found your photography portfolio at thefwa.com I was just wondering about the template you are using. Or did you build your flash portfolio and sell it now as a template? I was just surfing around and found nearly the same portfolio as a template for 349 $ at:
you can find the demo of the template here:
Maybe someone grabbed your flash code and sell it now as a template?
It would be nice hearing from you. And sorry about my bad english:-) By the way, the photos of your portfolio and your design works are really fantastic.
With kind regards
And what should I say, at the same day I received an answer from Joshua Stearns with the following content:
Yes, my website is my original work. I designed and built the website myself. That is very troubling that some one is selling it without my permission. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, I will take action.
Thanks for the kind words about my work, I really appreciate it.
I couldn´t believe it. If this is the truth, nothing is save anymore. Just wanted to inform you about that case. Let´s see what will happen in the next days. Will the template be gone or not?
And now for comparing some screenshots: