B5Media, a recently venture capital-rich blog network located in Toronto, Canada, has dumped former Gold Medalist Scott Goldblatt from its large roster of bloggers and staff after allegations of design theft.
According to reports, the gold medal winner who blogged at B5’s Timed Finals had access to
private server files and removed them and used them in a work he claimed as his own for a client. Update: While there is no proof that he took the files off the server at that time, in fact he probably didn’t. He still took the files and claimed it as his own work. I apologize for any mistake in misleading folks as to where or how he obtained without permission said files.
Brian, I am deeply sorry that your design was ripped off in this manner. You and your blog are among the best resources on the planet for bloggers looking to improve their craft. You deserve better. I know an apology is often a bit empty in a situation where you’ve been betrayed like this, but right now it’s all I have. I hope we can rebuild the relationship and take it to bigger and better places.
Chris, as a designer in a past life I know how much this hurts and must piss you off. There is no excuse for it. I know you value helping the community so much, and helping young designers learn is undoubtedly a huge part of that. However this crossed a line. And I apologize for b5’s part in that. You, too, deserve better.
Finally, I want to thank Scott for his months of fantastic work. While this will obviously reflect poorly on him, I’m confident that he’s learned his lesson in this. I’m also confident that he’ll land on his feet and go on to bigger and better things. These things sometimes happen, and it sucks when they do, but I (and the whole b5 team) really do wish him the best. He deserves every success we know he’ll achieve.