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Busted Tees vs. Nerdy Shirts Web Site Design

Rude Retro has an interesting post about how blatantly cloned Busted Tees web site design. In response to the cloned design, Busted Tees posted the following on their site.

Sometimes, we do not give enough credit to our behind the scenes team. Two of the most valuable team members we have are Amir Cohen and Zach Klein, who design our website. Lucky for us, a competitor of ours, decided to honor Amir and Zach by copying our design for their t shirt selling website. If they “borrowed” our design, we only wonder where they borrowed their t shirt ideas from, because here at BustedTees, we do original work.

The problem we ran into with Nerdy Shirts taking our design is that Nerdy didn’t pay Amir and Zach for their work … but if someone uses their work, they have to get paid for it. Now, we could have called our lawyers and made a big deal about nerdy shirts but instead we decided run a sale on our original site, that we didn’t copy from anyone, on original shirts, that we didn’t copy from anybody, to make money to pay Amir and Zach for Nerdy Shirts using their work.

We also have our smoking-hot, original, t shirt wearing models. They can’t copy our models … or come close enough to feed them. Support our originality, our models, and our designers, buy BustedTees.

You can compare them below. The only difference between the two sites are obviously the designs, the header background, the models and the t-shirt display but all core aspects of the site are a direct clone.



Do you think Busted Tees took the right action? Should they have taken legal action? Should they have done nothing? Post a comment!

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  1. Caza Creations · March 25, 2009

    I would check it out for myself but has exceeded its bandwidth limit.

  2. Adam - · March 26, 2009

    I read the article having already decided that Busted Tees couldn’t have a design that original it could really be ‘copied’, but after seeing those screenshots, it’s not like they just borrowed the best components, its almost exactly the same. Oh dear. Still, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  3. Kristine Shreve · May 7, 2009

    I like how Busted Tees handled this. They had a sense of humor and still pointed out what happened. Nice public relations work.

  4. Mrs T-Shirts · February 10, 2010

    The exact same thing happened to the company I work for a few years back. People said to me it’s flattery, but like the guys at busted tees, it feels like theft.

  5. Dexter T-Shirts · July 12, 2010

    Now a days we can’t say who is flattering and who is cheating us. The printing quality of Busted tees is great, the shirts are quality american apparel shirts and I personally like them a lot and I don’t think that they can do cheating.

  6. Gabriel Angel · January 28, 2012

    I think it’s funny that busted tees said they create original designs when most of their stuff rips off from movies and other art forms. Maybe I should rip off movie quotes or art and sell it as “original” designs. It’s a lot easier than actually creating something from scratch. I didn’t think fair use gave them the right to do this.

    Oh and that makes what Nerdy Shirt did even worse … the ripped off one of the few original things about busted tees.

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