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Can a website's structure be copyrighted?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Welcome2TheU, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. Welcome2TheU

    Welcome2TheU Junior Member

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    The top competitor in my niche has a very nicely organized site structure. Could I be facing any legal repercussions from copying their organization?

    For example, let's say their website is about food
    then their first subfolder is /cuisine. And in that page they have Asian, American, British, Chinese, Colombian, etc
    then under /cuisine/asian they have links to /recipes, /restaurants, /ingredients, etc

    Is it legal to copy the structure exactly, as long as the site's content and design are not plagiarized/copied?
     
  2. johnking200

    johnking200 Newbie

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    Not a lawyer...

    But I would say no, it cannot be copyrighted. For example, look at most movies these days, they all have the same 3 act structure with different content.
     
  3. bullsbears

    bullsbears Power Member

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    No problem in doing this OP. You can use similar structure.

    I am actually surprised you even thought that this could invite trouble !!!!
     
  4. pazocean

    pazocean Junior Member

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    Also not a lawyer here...
    However, I am 99,99% sure that a organization structure cannot be copyrighted.
    So no problem.
     
  5. RuthSam

    RuthSam Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    You can do it, no law suites, no problems. If that would invite problems some could sue the entire Internet!
     
  6. JOSourcing

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    There was similar concern about this among software developers, and if my memory serves correct, there was even a lawsuit in which Lotus claimed Borland stole their menu and menuitem structure. Ah yes, here it is: Lotus Development Corporation v. Borland International, Inc., 516 U.S. 233 (1996). You should study it. That, and software cloning, because it's the same premise.
     
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  7. oscilay

    oscilay Regular Member

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    Yes, you can get in trouble. Also, place your logo at the bottom of your website...