This morning, a beautiful new deck debuted on Slideshare. Scroll through “How To Create Presentations That Are Out Of This World” by Slide Comet:
What fascinated me more than the gorgeous design was the conversation taking place in the “Comment” section below the deck. This comment (since removed) from The Presentation Designer reveals the debate currently taking place about design plagiarism:
“Whilst, I can appreciate that this is a nice deck. What I don’t appreciate is you guys stealing the exact ideas in terms of colour scheme, layout and fonts from my ‘much’ earlier presentation – http://www.slideshare.net/thepresentationdesigner/10-wise-lessons-ive-learnt-from-freelancing.
Sure, it’s great to take inspiration from each other but I purposely go out of my way not to use similar fonts or ideas that another person has already published in their deck on Slideshare.
How is your slide 23 NOT extremely similar to my slide 3. You’ve even used the exact same font combinations and colour combination.
I know you can’t copyright a font combo or colour scheme and I wouldn’t normally make a fuss about something like this but think taking my ideas and re-purposing them ever so slightly is wrong. You don’t even credit me in the deck for some of the design / font inspiration” (Source).
Slides That Rock followed up with a comment:
“Let us share our experience and view. When we created the original ‘Slides That Rock’ deck, we used the fonts ‘Lobster Two’ and ‘Bebas Neue’. That combination has become very popular and you will find a number presentations on SlideShare using those fonts and even images that look like the ones we used. Most of those decks do not give us any credits and we are OK. We take it as an honor when people are influenced by us. We know and they know where the influence came from and as long as more people in the world create slides that rock, we are on the right track!” (Source).
Would you consider using similar colors design plagiarism? Would you consider using the came combination of fonts design thievery?
Do you see any design thievery happening in the Slide Comet presentation? Do you see plagiarism happening on Slideshare? What do you think about the “You Stole My Design!” debate?