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    Is copying part of template available for sale a copyright violation?

    When I browse through various sites for inspiration, I come across various sites offering templates for sale. Now, if one copies the design of one of those templates (not copy it entirely but copy some parts of it or use the same color scheme), would it be a copyright violation? What happens if one uses the same design? What if one uses the design in one of the example sites of CssZenGarden in one's site?

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    Provided that you write the actual code yourself from scratch and don't copy it directly from the site that has inspired you then all you are copying is the idea for how you want it laid out. As long as your code was obviously written by you and not copied from their site then you should be okay. You just need to work it so that your template was inspired by theirs rather than it being a direct copy.
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    AFAIK you can't copyright HTML or CSS. You mustn't copy any of the images, though. That's a definite no-no.
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    Yes, you can get the inspiration of design layout but copying images and text will be violation of their copyright acts.

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    Of course, it is not possible to get the code of a template that has been put up for sale. I was wondering what would happen if one wrote one's own code to recreate the design in one of the templates But with the designs in sites like CSSZenGarden, I realise that one should not copy the code from scratch.

    Thanks to all of you for your inputs.

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    If you create the code yourself then where you got the idea for it from doesn't matter because ideas can't be copyrighted. Since you will have written it yourself there will be enough differences in the way that you coded it to make it obvious to any knowledgable person that it was not directly copied.
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    Thanks. That clears all my doubts.


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