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Chor: Startup Accuses BJP Website of Lifting Their Design and Not Giving Them Credit

“Leader who calls himself Chowkidar chose to steal a small shop’s sweat and blood and also chose to disregard the claim when found cheating.”

A web startup has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of using their web template code for the saffron party’s official website, without giving credit.

According to the official W3layouts blog, the company is a small webshop startup based out of Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.

They provide free premium quality HTML templates. Anyone can download them and use them for their website. However, the templates bear the company’s logo and credit the creator for making them.

In the blog entry, W3layouts said that the BJP used a web template named “Peek” built by them. The startup said that the design was meant to be used for free but it includes a backlink — a small link at the end of the page, which indicates that the design was “design by W3Layouts”.

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The startup soon noticed that the BJP removed the backlink without paying and had given no credit to W3layouts.

W3Layouts said that while the visible backlinks were removed, it was clear BJP was still using the company’s code which was evident in the source code of the page.

When W3layouts brought the matter to the attention of the BJP via twitter, they removed the code where ever W3Layouts was mentioned.

In the blog, W3Layouts said, “While they (BJP) may have changed the code completely now, we are surprised at how a national political party headed by a leader who calls himself the ‘Security Guard (Chowkidar) of the country’ chose to steal a small shop’s sweat and blood and also chose to disregard the claim when found cheating.”

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