Studiobinder stole InVision's Website(studiobinder.com)

6 years ago from Gokhun Guneyhan, Freelance Designer

  • Numecca .Numecca ., 6 years ago

    tldr: Move along; nothing to see here.

    This happened years ago with Curebit and 37Signals. Pass the popcorn: Y Combinator startup caught stealing from 37signals

    My thought five years ago was, "wow, this industry is fucking stupid."

    This happens with everything in the garment industry--EVERYTHING is a knockoff. Companies have built empires on knocking shit off. Have a little perspective.

    My answer today is the same thing. As a designer and human being, I know what it feels like to have somebody steal your shit. You probably won't be thinking about this on your death bed.

    9 points
    • Art VandelayArt Vandelay, 6 years ago

      Wonder if there could be legal action on this vs the lack of legal protections in the garment/fashion industry (no IP laws for dem clothes)

      0 points
      • Mike Wilson, 6 years ago

        In this particular case the short answer is no. The long answer is also no.

        Outside of a logo, colors and typographic layouts and image stylings can't be copyrighted...and for good reason. Aesthetics is dictated by broad cultural trends, so to claim any of it is "original" is naive at best. A general rule of thumb (with exceptions of course):

        You can own the rights to the function but not the form.

        Or in the context of a website you can own the content but not the layout/styling of it.

        The exception is in things like logos where the form is the function, i.e. to serve as a corporate identifier. It's why you can make a replica of a Gucci handbag design and sell it at H&M as long as you don't stick the Gucci logo on it. Since any patent that ever existed on the concept of a handbag itself (i.e. the function) has long since lapsed, and the form is largely dictated by trend, you don't see many successful handbag lawsuits unless logos are involved.

        If studiobinder was telling people they are an invision product (e.g. They slap the invision logo in their navbar), then it would be illegal. It'd be almost impossible to make the case otherwise, seeing as the invision design is a really generic landing page.

        0 points
    • Ryan Hicks, 6 years ago

      Salty much?

      2 points