I understand why some theme authors get mad and pull their themes, or stop making them available to the public. It’s frustrating when someone rips your content and claims it as their own. I’ve had my artwork stolen plenty of times, I’ve had entire copies of some of my sites stolen — this is not a new concept to me. But it’s still frustrating nonetheless.
I was surfing through my server referral logs and ran across an entry with a neat domain name. I pulled it up and thought “Yep, that’s Jim’s Monkey” … no biggie, I’ve seen plenty of people download and “re-structure” my theme. Most of them leave my name somewhere in the credits — I mean that’s a common courtesy. Or so I thought.
I don’t mind so much that this person ripped off my theme, but she went so far as to edit the code, stylesheet, etc. and removed (almost) all signs of my name and claim of ownership. That annoys me. Not a huge amount, but enough to leave a message on her blog. The very least she could have done was leave the credit in the theme files and re-structure/modify the visual aspects all she liked. I would at least like credit for the work I have done.
A friend of mine told me, “On the ‘net, everyone rips off everyone else … it’s called research.”