Stealing My Work: Ashihara Online’s Fraudulent Portfolio Listing General Nonsense | My Life 20 OCT 2010

I’m taken aback, really I am. Going through some of Google’s nifty stats for my various sites the other morning, I came across the fact that my Funakoshi Karate International South Africa website was being linked to by South African web design company, Ashihara Online.

Now I’ve come across Ashihara Online’s work before, mainly because I’m interested in martial arts and that is the field in which they first went to work in, and so interested as to why they might be sending me link love, (despite the fact that most of their web “designs” are usually pretty damn ugly, horrible, 1990 era stuff, I clicked through…

…only to spit out with disgust when I discovered that on their portfolio page listing their “work” done, was sitting a link to my lovely, Joomla-driven Funakoshi Karate website!

I couldn’t believe it.

Blatantly lying about one’s work or stealing credit for another man’s labour is not the way to build up an online brand, particularly when the person you steal from is more than capable of holding his own in the online space, capable of pulling out more than a few SEO tricks from his own hat – in other words expect to have a fair number of points knocked off your online brand’s value if you do!

Needless to say, I have generated this post and sent off an e-mail to the contact address listed on the site, so I guess I’ll just have to sit back and see what their grovelling excuse or reply is!

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Seriously, what were you guys thinking? O.o

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South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.

  • Lenore

    Are they dof??? It even says copyright Craig Lotter at the bottom!!! I think you can report them to their ISP as well

    • It’s just so… unprofessional. It think that’s what bothers me the most. If it was a 13 year old kid on his personal website, it wouldn’t bother me so. But for a web “design” company to try and pull this? And a local one at that? :(

  • MoAb

    Craig, I think you’ve had a kick too the head too many…. it was obviously a typo that was corrected loooooooong ago. As far as I can see from the link you posted, they have, which is in any event the official funakoshi school in ZA and not the unofficial rebel breakaway you have made a site for :-)
    Childish and unprofessional of you to blog this before you gave them a chance to respond IMHO.

    • Agreed, definitely childish of me. However, they failed to respond to my numerous e-mails, and didn’t even have the courtesy to contact me after they fixed their ‘mistake’. For that, I think they deserve a blog post, which is what happened and what will stay until one day they decide to give me a shout.

      That’s just how I roll :)

    • Oh, and with regards to the “rebel school” moniker, it might be worth your while to follow the current legal battle between Shihan Sanette and Shihan Eddie’s Funakoshi schools over the various logos and trademarks. Definitely not as cut and dried as you might like to think :)