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At what point does copying code become copyright theft?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by onething1, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. onething1

    onething1 Junior Member

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    I understand this for normal language, but being a total novice at computer coding etc, I don't over here.

    Could someone tell me if you go into a webpage, copy all its content, change the engligh language to make it talk about another topic, change maybe some colour or other, and set it up as your brand new site, can the other page send you to court? What about if you change a bit of code? And how do you go through your own code to see which is proprietary? Do you know any precedents that we could mull over?
     
  2. drkenneth

    drkenneth Executive VIP

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    It's a very grey area if you copy the template code directly and change the content. I honestly think it would be very difficult to get in trouble for it.

    If you are worried about the legal grey area, then go to one of the many free template sites and use one of those. You have to give credit to the creator via a link, but it's not so bad.