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Shopify vs. Shopline: The Battle Over Storefront Templates

So, imagine you're running a hot online store, but your design just isn't cutting it. Enter Shopify and Shopline, two e-commerce platforms with awesome storefront templates to make your store pop. But things got messy when Shopify accused Shopline of basically copying their secret template sauce.

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The Accusation

Here's the drama: Shopify, the big cheese in e-commerce, claims Shopline stole their "Dawn" technology, the magic behind their customizable templates. Shopline fired back with their own template called "Seed," which Shopify says is a total knockoff of Dawn. We're talking file structure, code, the whole shebang! ️

The Knockoff

Shopline's response? A product they've aptly named "Seed." But according to Shopify, this isn't just any seed—it's a thinly disguised knockoff of Dawn. The evidence, they say, is overwhelming. From the file structure to the lines of code, Seed carries damning traces of Shopline's alleged wholesale copying.

The Legal Battle

This legal battle is a big deal for Shopline. They're expanding globally, attracting big investors, and just got a huge buyout. But with this lawsuit hanging over them, their future is uncertain. But the smoking gun? The name "Shopify" still appears in multiple instances of Seed's code.

Global Implications

As Shopline expands its reach from Hong Kong to the UK, the stakes are high. Investors, including 500 Startups and Ardent Capital, are watching closely. And let's not forget the recent acquisition by Chinese livestreaming platform Joyy—a deal worth a cool $183 million. But with the lawsuit in full swing, Shopline's future hangs in the balance.

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