That favicon source (there are probably others):
I'm guessing the author of this article knew that (presumably that's where he got it from) but chose to omit that rather critical point from his post to make it seem more favourable to himself.
Link to original image: http://www.freeiconsweb.com/Icons-show/Freeicons/Copy.png
Pretty high if your websites are both about copying and that icon is high in the Google results for "free copy icon".
"China's government declined to investigate a facility ... that was manufacturing imitation Apple laptops because it threatened local jobs ... A different arm of China's government scrapped plans for a raid on an electronics mall in the Guangdong province because it could have driven away shoppers, the cable says."
Generally, chinese companies that 'steal ideas' (if you subscribe to such a notion). Release to a chinese market, that you don't (and likely never will) have access to.
So what are you protecting against?
Indeed, the favicon.ico from the "ripoff" site is 32x32 vs the "original" which is 16x16. Further, the larger image shows more detail in the gradients and edges than does the smaller. When I resize the larger to 16x16 pixels, it looks similar but still features slightly different colors than the "original".
Finally, when I resize the "original" 16x16 up to 32x32, it lacks the pixel clarity of the "ripoff". It seems obvious that the "ripoff" icon wasn't made from the "original" as is being claimed.
But I salute your sleuthing, none-the-less.
Heaven, thy name is App Store. Thou art a pantheon of deduplication.
b) yeah fart apps are easy to make...but try cloning a good app like angry birds or talking tom cat!
c) if you really wanna clone and make money your best bet would be to clone as fast as possible and clone a lot of apps.You'd much rather just stick to rails apps (heroku ftw!)
d) and lastly there are people who can clone even the best iOS apps very quickly...but with that kind of technical skill also comes creativity and integrity!
Lets take something with a bit less stigma. Background-changing apps. There are, what, 100+ of them? Probably more? Lots of them even share some backgrounds, which is visible if you just skim a dozen from the app store's images. And almost every single one has probably paid back the dev time it took to make, if not through sales then through ads.
Well when I said "This is why I stick to iOS apps" I was actually referring to the cloning of popular websites like quora,reddit etc.I am sorry if I did not make that very clear.
>Lets take something with a bit less stigma.,Background-changing apps. There are, what, 100+ of them?
Why take such an example when I have clearly agreed that it very easy to clone such apps.
> There are dozens of clones of angry birds. Some of them as good or possibly better.
Hmm...now that makes me think !!