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    Copy of hotscripts.com

    I see many sites out there have the same layout/contents of hotscripts.com, i'm talking about 99% the same. So i'm wondering if hotscripts.com can actually sue them of copyrights/infringement? or they can't

    Thanks for your knowledgable answer

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    I'm not sure they can sue them unless the site copies content and distinct logos. But lets be honest...hotscripts design isn't exactly ground breaking. So my guess is that it would be somewhat difficult for them to sue a sight just for the layout.

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    You need to read up on copyright law. There's some good introductions here.

    Basically, copyright law does not protect ideas, but it does protect designs. If the designs of the sites are too similar to the design of hotscripts.com, then hotscripts might have something on them.

    Layout is protected too, but only if it can be reasonably proven that the layout actually was based on the original site and not just arriving at a similar layout by coincidence or natural good design. If you're going to make a database of online scripts, it's quite likely going to end up pretty similar to hotscripts whatever you do, just because it's a good design. If that's the case, then it's fine.
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    HotScripts could probably make a case if the essence of the design were stolen in such a way that the a design is a demonstrable copy of HotScripts.

    They certainly can't copyright the color scheme or anything so vague as that, but a design that's 99% the same would more than likely be violating copyrights.

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    I think HotScripts might be using a specific piece of software for it's link library that is either a commercial script or open source because I've seen several link/script resource sites with just about the exact same backend as HotScripts. Or, maybe hotscripts licensed them to create sites...

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    Anyone know what script hotscripts.com is using for their directory?
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    I'm thinking Hotscripts is most likely custom developed. Anyone who creates a script site or directory product is going to create a similar product - the idea is common and there is a standard for categories and product listings.

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    Actually, HotScripts is using Links SQL.

    They are in the process of creating a custom system, but I don't think it's implemented yet.

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    As David says, hotscripts just uses a hacked up version of Links SQL

    I DO KNOW of a site [not mine!] that ripped scripts directly from hotscripts.com. I believe this site was served legal papers to remove the contents, and there was more of a backstory going on, but I got disinterested from wanting to know more
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    As RockNRollPig said, hotscripts design isn't exactly ground breaking, that's true, but the only thing that concerns the most is the contents. If we have a totally different layouts but use the SAME script categories, would that be OK? I mean those categories are very standard...

    BTW..like this one, scriptz.com, same thing, different layout and it's a smaller site

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    No problem at all.

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