A few days ago, Georgina alerted me to the fact that someone had copied much of the code for my euchre fanlisting. I won’t name names for fear of starting more drama, but this person had taken my code and used it to design her own fanlisting. The result was a massacred version of the original. So bad, in fact, that it wasn’t at first obvious to me that she had even stolen anything. I thought she had merely attempted to copy my design, but when I looked at the actual code, I saw that there were large chunks that were blatantly identical.
Naturally, I emailed her about it. “Have you seen the fanlisting for euchre?” I asked. I had hoped she would feel caught in the act and confess. I didn’t want to come straight out and accuse her, because I was worried that would be too confrontational and would leave no room for a positive outcome.
Well, of course, she had no clue what I was talking about, and whether she was being truthful or not, I don’t know. “The fanlisting for euchre?” So I sent her the link.
“I know what you’re getting at,” she said, while still claiming never to have seen the fanlisting. She offered to credit me for the layout, and what followed was a long string of emails back and forth as I explained to her why I would by no means accept credit, why she was lying about never having seen the fanlisting, etc.
Eventually, and I mean two hours later, she finally admitted that the code may have been stolen. She told me that someone had helped her with the fanlisting, and that she had been told the code was that person’s and that she could do whatever she wanted with it.
Fair enough, I suppose. Provided she is telling the truth, she’s as much an innocent victim in all this as I am. I’m still not convinced she has never seen the fanlisting, among other things, but at this point I think it’s unimportant. All that matters is that the code was stolen, she admits it was stolen, and now, my friend, we are at an impasse.
You see, this girl does not know how to code. “You can look at any of my fanlistings. You can look at my website. You will see that I do not code or make my own layouts.” From the mouth of the queen herself. Thus, she tells me she cannot make a new layout for the fanlisting. Again, I quote.
“I cannot make a different design. That one alone took me hours. I just don’t have the time. I’m not sure what you want me to do, but I don’t have time to make a new design. I worked hard on that one.”
Did you, dear? Was it hard work stealing my code?
Oh, that’s right, she didn’t steal my code. Someone else stole it for her. Someone she doesn’t know, in fact. Of this person, she said, “She sent me an IM over Google Talk one day. I never really thought to ask where she got my instant messenger address or what sites she had.”
Why don’t you mull that one over for a bit?
I don’t know how much of her story to believe. I’m not one to blindly accept everything as fact, and much of what she said makes me skeptical. No matter. There is still the issue of how to resolve this little problem.
You see, she doesn’t have the time to make a new layout, she doesn’t have the money to pay someone to make a layout for her, and she can’t find a suitable premade to upload instead. At least, these are the things I am expected to believe, and as long as she sticks by her story, true or otherwise, I have to work with them.
I leave you with this. What do I tell her to do?!