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Poll: When is it ok to copy & paste from other sites? (5 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you copy & paste from other websites?

  1. Yes (2 votes [40.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 40.00%

  2. No (3 votes [60.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 60.00%

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#1 uncles  Icon User is offline

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When is it ok to copy & paste from other sites?

Posted 12 May 2014 - 07:03 PM

Whenever a designer is hired to create a "custom website" for a client, I often wonder if the pros truly sit down and create without ever having to copy & paste from another website. So my question is, when is it ok to copy & paste from other sites? Copyright or not!

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#2 Blindman67  Icon User is offline

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Re: When is it ok to copy & paste from other sites?

Posted 12 May 2014 - 07:25 PM

It is not OK if there is copyright. As copyright is implied and does not have to be explicitly stated. You should only copy other peoples work if there is a notice included wavering the copyright. These license agreement may stipulate conditions, for example you must acknowledge the author either publicly (on your site) or privately (in the code). They may have "not for commercial use" limiting you to use it only for private uses. Commercial use not only means making money from it but using it on a publicly view-able website.

Copying other peoples code is a great way to learn, and for your own private use there is nothing wrong with using other peoples work to learn techniques and style. But it is both ethically and legally wrong to copy other peoples works and then publish it as your own without written consent.

As for the pros, I doubt they have any need to copy anyone's work, if they had to, they could not call them selves pro's to begin with.
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Re: When is it ok to copy & paste from other sites?

Posted 12 May 2014 - 07:30 PM

If you want your client to get dinged with duplicate content SEO values, copy away! But be prepared to answer questions as to why your client Google's their web content & finds other websites.
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Re: When is it ok to copy & paste from other sites?

Posted 12 May 2014 - 07:41 PM

View Postuncles, on 12 May 2014 - 09:03 PM, said:

I often wonder if the pros truly sit down and create without ever having to copy & paste from another website.


Um, that would be a "yes". That's the difference between "pros" and amateurs.
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#5 ge∅  Icon User is offline

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Re: When is it ok to copy & paste from other sites?

Posted 13 May 2014 - 04:43 AM

In addition to the above, there are enough CMS, libraries, plugins and the like out there. If you want your product to stand out, create your own content and layout.
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