Nick Finck just pointed me at his latest Flickr contribution—a screenshot of a site that ripped off the design of Digital Web. I immediately tagged it “piratedsites” in honor of the late, great pirated-sites.com, figuring that doing so had to be a widespread practice. In fact, no: only one other Flickr image had that tag, and it was a Zeldman original, and it was not a screenshot.
So I hereby propose that anyone who posts a site design ripoff shot on Flickr or a blog tag it “piratedsites”. The original site may be gone, but the idea can absolutely be reborn using the social tools we already have. Technorati, for example, would start pulling together screenshots and blog posts using that tag—and there you go. Or someone could use the Flickr and Technorati APIs to create their own site dedicated to just this sort of thing. Heck, it might even be a way to get the actual pirated-sites.com back on the air in its original form!
Out the scurvy dogs! Arrrr!