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Basically... I have started a new website up where I live. This website is a dark variation of a primary colours. Another website uses a much brighter version of this colour for their logo and website. 90% of my website is actually white and on social media it is all purple. Anyway, what I was doing was known about where I live and an email was sent to those who run this other website about 2 months in advance. Now, 1 hour before launch (no kidding!) I got an email suggesting I should change my colour (I know colours can't be a copyright issue) and they have been on my back since. 

Apparently they have had many people get confused, thinking my website is a spinoff of theirs ) logos and design are nothing alike) happy to share the two sites via PM for anybody who wants to see.

Got another email today, demanding I change the colour as it is too similar. So, I am putting the colours here and can you tell me if you think they are too similar? Thanks y'all.

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w/o further context, I'd say pretty similar. Especially with the lighting option folks may have currently enabled on their phone/pad/laptop. But, if it's just background, the other lot don't have enough work to do!

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I wouldn't mind seeing the sites, but from the info you've given I would, maybe politely, be telling them where to go. A similar colour, that's all they have? One is orange and one is red.

The only thing that would make me reconsider is whether the 'similarity' might affect my business.

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7 minutes ago, villakram said:

w/o further context, I'd say pretty similar. Especially with the lighting option folks may have currently enabled on their phone/pad/laptop. But, if it's just background, the other lot don't have enough work to do!

This colour is across the nav menu on the site I have done and is the colour of the logo. The rest is white and purple. I tested it on a number of screens before I went for it, on mine it looks lighter - on our windows laptop it looks darker.

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if you search "websites in orange" then you get loads. I don't really think colour choice is something people could legitimately grumble about. Unless you were trying to pass off your site as their site -stealing trade or revenue or harming reputation, then they have no valid complaint*Screen Shot 2.jpg

*ps don't rely on trading etc. advice from a football fans forum

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On 8/1/2017 at 07:03, DK82 said:

Basically... I have started a new website up where I live. This website is a dark variation of a primary colours. Another website uses a much brighter version of this colour for their logo and website. 90% of my website is actually white and on social media it is all purple. Anyway, what I was doing was known about where I live and an email was sent to those who run this other website about 2 months in advance. Now, 1 hour before launch (no kidding!) I got an email suggesting I should change my colour (I know colours can't be a copyright issue) and they have been on my back since. 

Apparently they have had many people get confused, thinking my website is a spinoff of theirs ) logos and design are nothing alike) happy to share the two sites via PM for anybody who wants to see.

Got another email today, demanding I change the colour as it is too similar. So, I am putting the colours here and can you tell me if you think they are too similar? Thanks y'all.

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There are a lot of websites out there in all different colours. Why did you send an email to this one?

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How much does the content of your websites clash? Nobody owns orange, but I guess if you're in direct competition then it's probably iffy from a marketing perspective.

 

Even then it's really all about how it's used, so i'd need to see the websites for context.

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3 hours ago, ThunderPower_14 said:

How much does the content of your websites clash? Nobody owns orange, but I guess if you're in direct competition then it's probably iffy from a marketing perspective.

 

Even then it's really all about how it's used, so i'd need to see the websites for context.

Yeah this.

If it's a totally random website complaining that your website is a similar colour to theirs, then they've got no right to complain, imo.

But if, for example, you're starting a website selling, I dunno, random example, pottery in the Isle of Wight; and theirs is already a website selling pottery in the Isle of Wight, then they may have a point.

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4 hours ago, Stevo985 said:

Yeah this.

If it's a totally random website complaining that your website is a similar colour to theirs, then they've got no right to complain, imo.

But if, for example, you're starting a website selling, I dunno, random example, pottery in the Isle of Wight; and theirs is already a website selling pottery in the Isle of Wight, then they may have a point.

We do similar things, but there are two other sites who are also variations if this colour and do the same. 

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19 minutes ago, Xela said:

Why did you send an email to them? You must have foreseen a problem?

Sent to about 50 people for different reasons. 3 with similar colours on tbe website. They didn't reply, well - they dud an hour before site launch..

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1 minute ago, Xela said:

I'd reply to them saying you have noted their comments but you are not changing anything. 

 

I'm ignoring them atm. My mum has had a fall so that has taken priority ahead of their... frankly... nastiness the past 24 hours.

btw, appreciate all replies. Whether I agree or disagree. UTV 

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