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jeremy_fx
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Posted - October 11 2003 :  11:31:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi

My client wants me to exactly copy the design of an existing site. Only the logos will be different.

I wish to know whether can I exactly copy the design of an exiting site, for my client's site. What are the legal aspects of it?

Further, the site my client wants me to copy says "Copyright SiteName, All Rights Reserved." on it. What does this mean? Does this say the design of the site cannot be coopied.?

Please help me in this regard. Thanks.

Jill
VP-ASP Super User

USA
249 Posts

Posted - October 11 2003 :  14:28:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't know about legal, but I don't think it would be very ethical. I personally think it's ok to get general ideas from other sites, but to copy it completely?

Just my opinion.

Jill



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searley
VP-ASP New User

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Posted - October 11 2003 :  17:09:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:

I don't know about legal, but I don't think it would be very ethical. I personally think it's ok to get general ideas from other sites, but to copy it completely?




It's always difficult, but yes it would be copyright theft, but if you are 'employed' by your client then he owns the rights to your work, so it should be him that has to face the risk of legal action..

If you do the work for him get him to sign a disclaimer so that he can not try to pass blame..

Nother thing, if the sites sell the same things, he could also face action for "passing off"

also check for trade marks!

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GTM
VP-ASP New User

USA
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Posted - October 13 2003 :  08:38:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If it is a blatant copy they could slap you with a cease and desist and if the site continues could later result in legal matters.

Greg

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