I’d like to bring your attention to Dustin of Panick-Serenade.net. This scummy little specimen is one of those particularly annoying web thieves; almost worthy of a Pants Award except I can’t be arsed to give one out. This little fool is particularly notable in that he’s ballsy, oh yes.
Dustin’s header image is badly cropped from a gorgeous wallpaper designed by Nick of n.design. Nick is aware that this guy is stealing from him because he’s got a screenshot of the offending site in a flickr gallery entitled “Rip Showcase”. Instead of admitting he’s in the wrong and removing the art, Dustin is claiming that it’s still his layout and until Nick specifically contacts him to get it removed he’s “
not gonna worry about it“. One would think that the fact that Nick has highlighted this theft means he’s not happy about it, but apparently that’s a concept that’s escaped our Dustin.
Dustin claims that he got permission to use the imagery from someone else on flickr, except when confronted he conveniently can’t remember who it was he asked. More amusingly is the fact that — when confronted again — the permission suddenly came from someone on youtube (“
but the youtube account guy I got it from said it was ok to redistrobute [sic]“).
Finally, and the reason why this is anything to do with me, is the notice at the bottom of his sidebar: “
Tut tut, someone’s been naughty.