We know you love the Directory Journal. And do you know what? We love our visitors and customers too. We work hard to bring you great links and content. Our designer did an outstanding job at setting the Directory Journal apart in the Web directory industry. We get it. We’re flattered when people try to emulate us. But please…. Stop stealing from us! Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but theft is not.
It has recently come to our attention that quite a few Web directories ripped off the Directory Journal design. The directories we’ve been notified about are listed below (although the majority of the sites have now changed their templates after being contacted by us about the infringement).
To give you a better idea of the ripped off design work, you can compare a screenshot of the Directory Journal and that of MaxLinks.org below.
Here at the Directory Journal we appreciate your business and your visits, and we hope that you haven’t been taken in by any of our copycats.
If you discover that another Web directory has ripped off the DirJournal.com design, content, or any other protected material, please contact us to let us know about it. We take these issues very seriously, and will pursue them to the fullest extent of the law when necessary.
While our design has undergone changes and updates over the years, the essence of the Directory Journal design was put in place in the summer of 2007 (screenshot from July 2007 below).
We believe that there is room on the Web for a thriving directory market. We just don’t want to see it modeled so closely after us. We worked with an outstanding designer to come up with a unique concept at the time, and we wholeheartedly recommend the same for other directory owners who are serious about making their mark. Theft is not the way to go.
DirJournal.com screenshot (2007)
Why do some individuals feel the need to steal from others? Are they too lazy to come up with something of their own? Did they jump into the directory business before they could afford to do it right? We don’t know, and we won’t speculate. But we do know this — you don’t succeed in business through mimicry; you succeed through originality and setting your business apart from the crowd.
We sincerely hope that the directories in question here have learned their lesson, and for those who haven’t let this serve as a warning — we will pursue you through legal avenues if you don’t comply with the take-down requests regarding the ripped versions of our design. For those who did comply already and who have learned a lesson from this where you won’t continue to rip from other designers and directory owners, we’re sorry you had to come to that conclusion this way, but we’re glad you did in the end.
We would like to thank our customers and visitors for being so diligent in reporting incidents of infringement to the Directory Journal staff.