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Posted - October 11 2003 :  11:33:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

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 CompanyName, 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.

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Posted - October 13 2003 :  10:48:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just my opinion:

Find a new client.

If your client is willing to steal from someone else that means he's willing to steal... period. You might be his next victim.


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Posted - October 14 2003 :  17:26:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thats what copyright means. It is there intelecual property.
Bad, bad client.

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VP-ASP New User

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Posted - October 15 2003 :  00:51:15  Show Profile  Visit Justin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
As far as I can remember you can't copyright "look and feel." At least, that's Australian law. You shouldn't copy the words however. This is the intellectual property that copyright refers to.


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Posted - October 19 2003 :  02:31:40  Show Profile  Visit siraj's Homepage  Reply with Quote
As far as legal point of view in US, its illegal. But your clients does need some look & feel of his competitor site to take advantage. Therer are 2 solutions.
1. You just can do the work whatever his tells you do and leave the legal issue upto him as he is willing to take the risk. Get it signed by him before you start the work you are not responsible for and you are just programming
2. Reject the project.
Most of the time in US, if you copy from other company's website, they send you out a letter and ask you to take the part off.

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Posted - December 08 2003 :  17:19:19  Show Profile  Visit Justin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'm interested, what was the website they wanted you to copy? Must have been a pretty good site! :)

Also, did you ever resolve this?


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