I've been here since '02 (perhaps longer?); don't take the lack of posted comments as a lack of membership. Don't jump to conclusions. But I don't want to get into an argument about that.
They aren't THAT similar. Look at shape. Look at specifics. Besides the grinning one, they don't look that similar. And they're emoticons. They're not that creative, ANYWAY. Try making white emoticons with little red faces that don't look like Mr. Lanham's. Does he now own the concept? And even his work was based on another, the Somatic theme. This isn't stolen work, and even if it's inspired, it's different and "original" (in the I-did-it-myself sense), and we should all stop chastising this poor developer.
huh... Can you say "rip-off"?
hmmm... is there a way to post a link here? anyway, go to adiumextras.com and look for David Lanham's Riceballs emoticons - you'll see where Mr. Veiga got his "inspiration" from.
You're right. This thief should immediately give his apologies to the inventor of the first-ever white emoticons, Mr. Lanham of Adium Xtras, and straightaway give due credit to Lanham, the most under-appreciated genius of our age. Where would these emoticons (or any of us?) be without Mr. Lanham's white emoticons? Why, certainly, these icons with their similar color scheme would never exist. This case is comparable to Mr. Einstein's blatant theft of the Theory of Relativity from the Swiss patent office. (I should know, I was the original inventor.)
I have to agree that they're *very* similar - and it's not just the color, mister just-registered-Jagged-Edges-smart*ss. Even their fasticons logo looks just like Freeway's: http://www.softpress.com/
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