Will the real criminal please stand up?
August 4, 2011
OPINION By PRESTON KINCAID
As a professional web designer who developed Paramount Communications’ popular website ( at least popular with Cory Black of “Public Policy Solutions, Inc.”), I have watched with astonishment as “Corygate” has exploded across local headlines over the past few days.
Cory Black has now admitted that he took information from Paramount’s copyrighted website and reproduced it on his own website, which is a crime. Cory now says it wasn’t his fault. He just liked it so much that he forwarded the text to his web designer in an email as an example of what he would like on his website.
Unfortunately, according to Cory, his web designer apparently simply reproduced the text word-for-word, character-for-character and placed it on Cory’s website, and somehow Cory never noticed that it was identical to the email he sent. It was all an “honest mistake,” of course. The web designer must have simply been swept away in excessive enthusiasm over the Paramount site designed by yours truly!
Well, Cory, it’s not that simple. Reproducing copyrighted material and presenting it as your own is a crime and you have now implicated a so-far unrevealed web designer as a criminal. If this is so, Cory Black must immediately reveal the name of the culprit so that a remedy for this illegal act can be pursued.
If he does not do so, is he now not guilty of a criminal cover-up?
If Cory is not telling the truth, he has just defamed an innocent web designer, attempted to paint himself as an innocent bystander, and is now guilty of two crimes. The web designer has a right to defend himself or herself publicly.
In my professional opinion, there is a high probability that Cory Black does not in fact have a web designer at all. He likely created his own website and blatantly stole Paramount Communications’ intellectual property. The code in his site indicates it was generated with Dreamweaver ( a common web design program ) and lists no author in the Meta information.
Cory, it’s time for the truth!