If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then we must have been dead on in our list of the Top Five Venture Capital Firm Web Pages. In a very bizarre case documented by Dan Primack of peHUB, Sequoia Capital is suing ComVentures for copyright infringement of its website:
Sequoia’s Mike Moritz called ComVentures chief Roland van der Meer to complain on at least two separate occasions. Sequoia’s outside counsel also formalized the request in a letter to ComVentures’ outside counsel. The complaint alleges that ComVentures agreed to make “certain changes,” but then that the only real changes made were that the offending pages were not directly linkable from the ComVentures homepage. In other words, the alleged copyright infringement remained, but was just a bit harder to find.
Again, I would like to think this was a slip up (sometimes hard to find all legacy pages) – except that the offending pages STILL are online nearly three months after the suit was filed.
Entrepreneurs aren’t the only ones who need worry about fierce competition.