If you’re starting out with three, you may or may not be interested in using templates. If you go looking for some, there’s something you may want to be aware of.
Unlike for WordPress or Bootstrap, templates for three.js and WebGL are practically nonexistent. I came across this too-good-to-be-true site photo-gallery.net which has such templates. However, probably all of these have been stolen, 100% sure.
Two of them you might recognize as Tao Tajima’s website and Hajime Watanabe’s website (both featured on the three.js homepage) which were developed by homonculus Inc. and baqemono.inc. respectively. If you follow the baqemono link, their Awwwards page showcases two more sites which are also on photo-gallery, Archi Site Mobius and Kaz Arahama.
photo-gallery started as flash-gallery back in 2011 based on its Twitter, but introduced photo-gallery in March 2020 based on a Facebook post. It’s apparently located in Paris but during checkout, the language is Romanian. The website is well-designed, the checkout is secure (Stripe), and you receive your template, so it appears legit.
Checked the domain on Google and the registrant is from Bihor, Romania. Looking at photo-gallery’s YouTube channel, it’s probably just one person. The domain was registered in 2018. All templates on the site were shared on social media in 2020. The sites that were plagiarized (tao, hajime, archi, and kaz) were made in 2017, 2017, 2019, and 2016 respectively.
Comparing the files between the real sites and the templates has now confirmed it. Should something be done?
Update: I have contacted homunculus and baqemono about this.
Update: The 3D World Video Gallery on photo-gallery was stolen from Lusion (also featured on the three.js homepage) who made it for opencontinents[dot]com
Guess I’ll tell them too.