An Indonesian blogger, Ainun Nazieb, is in a little bit of hot water. He created a WordPress theme based off the pre-timeline Facebook profile design. In fact, it’s almost an exact clone. His problem is that Facebook found it. If you haven’t paid much attention to how Facebook handles things like this, I’ll take a minute to explain: they take legal action. Huh, that explanation was a lot simpler than I thought it would be.
Nazieb created a theme that he called “Smells Like Facebook.” He currently has 3 charges filed against him, two criminal and one civil. The maximum penalty for one of the charges is two billion rupiah, which comes out to about $222,346 USD. While Nazieb doesn’t think the maximum penalty will be given, he’s still seeking legal counsel over this.
What do you think? Is this too much? Or is Facebook right for doing it? If you were in their position, how would you handle someone cloning your design?