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Is this illegal?

Discussion in 'Web Design' started by joemamama, Feb 17, 2010.

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  1. joemamama

    joemamama Registered Member

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    Hello I am designing a social networking website using buddypress which is still under major development and I want to know if having the navigation bar look similar to facebooks is illegal?

    Here is a snapshot, please ignore the nav item text, as I said this is going under major construction still!

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    Thanks
     
  2. seowizards

    seowizards Junior Member

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    it really doesn't look exactly same, but it aint illegal unless you just literally clone the site!
     
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  3. joemamama

    joemamama Registered Member

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    Alright that's good, I was getting paranoid because Facebook sued a website cause of similarities. Thanks for your input!
     
  4. Platinum01

    Platinum01 Registered Member

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    nah.. Don't sweat it they won't sue for that.
     
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  5. joemamama

    joemamama Registered Member

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    Made me feel a lot better. haha phew. thanks.
     
  6. seowizards

    seowizards Junior Member

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    Just make sure your social networking site name doesn't sound similar to facebook's name then you'll have a problem pal
     
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    blackhatsith Registered Member

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    I don't think you'll get in trouble if your site looks similar, but you will if you try to blatantly make a clone of FB, or if you trick visitors into thinking they are on FB (ie, phishing)
     
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    goodtimes Power Member

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    I wouldn't worry about it being illegal. Just don't rip off their site completely.
     
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    theWombat Regular Member

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    just dont name it phacebook
     
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  10. joemamama

    joemamama Registered Member

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    hahaha no worries, it has a completely different name.
     
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    unknwn BANNED BANNED

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    What can they actually do to you if your not fromUS and you clone facebook?
     
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    raidel21 Regular Member

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    and don't name it facecrook either..
    you will be fine.
     
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    iq465 Regular Member

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    Far enough apart you wont have any issues. Now is your version the one I'll find sexy singles in?
     
  14. joemamama

    joemamama Registered Member

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    Haha, I'll share with you guys when im done, you'll find out soon enough.
     
  15. viracide

    viracide Registered Member

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    Seems legit, just don't rip their CSS files and etc.
     
  16. michaelnagy

    michaelnagy Registered Member

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    They don't look very similar to facebook to me...you can keep going for sure
     
  17. C.S.A.

    C.S.A. Junior Member

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    Unless you're incredibly successful, they won't sue you. If you are, they'll sue you no matter what. So do as you like, I think.
     
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  18. darkface

    darkface Senior Member

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    They did sue one, and they lost the case !
     
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    haha they could have at least introduced some cool features but not
     
  20. cherryberry

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    It is not a copy of it, so you don't ned to worry about it.