I've had my web site up since the beginning of this year. Before that I had been working on it about 3 months prior to set up the programming and such.
Recently I noticed a lot of outside links coming from a thread from a paticular site. I went to check it out and they were having a big debate about me "ripping" or stealing from their design. The thing is that they don't have their design up anymore... they have a whole new design. They are still discussing what should happen to me.
I want to make it clear that there are strong color/layout resemblences, I did not steal it from them and several people I have talked to say it's not as much a copy then go.com is to lycos.com. My point I'm trying to make is that even though I've talked to people during the development of my site and have early sketches proving that I did not copy, could this turn legal? I think I can deal with hatemail and blacklists but I do not have the funds to turn this into a legal battle. I was already planning on a site redesign but it is still a month or so away. Has anyone else had a similar problem? With their version of their site not even online anymore I don't think they could sue me more then I could sue them...