BJP website uses startup’s template without paying or giving credit to them 

Team Suno Neta Tuesday 26th of March 2019 10:34 AM
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New Delhi: W3Layouts, a small Nellore-based startup, alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party used one of its templates for the party’s new website without a backlink crediting the company. The plagiarism charge also questioned the party’s claim to be a “chowkidar” against wrongdoing.

The BJP’s website was down for weeks after it was hacked. Therefore, when it came back, it caught the attention of many people and the alleged plagiarism was noticed.

While the startup was initially pleased to learn that the BJP had picked one of its templates for its new website, it later tweeted its displeasure for not given credits.

Amit Malviya, in charge of the BJP’s national information and technology wing, said, “Their code was dropped after they insisted on a backlink as it is not something we do in normal course. We had, in fact, offered to mention their name but since it didn’t find favour, we preferred to work with an alternate solution. We are not using their template.”

W3Layout’s founder Hidayath, while taking to media, emphasized that the licence agreement was clear that “you are not allowed to remove the backlink to W3Layouts in (the) template unless you have paid for (the) template,” and further added, “… They never communicated about that and they started making changes. Only text is not enough; it should be a hyperlink to W3Layouts. After noticing they are adding only text, we tweeted what to do.”




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