I found a really good landing page design on another site and used a variation of this design on a number of customer sites.
The basic layout is a pretty straight copy, however all of the wording on the customer sites is my own.
A few days ago the owner of the original site contacted me with an ultimatum.. take down the offending pages, or pay him a royalty for use of the format.
I am in the process of working something out with him, and, of course want to sort this out amicably.
I completely understand his concern, as I have had my own content stolen and duplicated word for word before - so I do sympathise.
However. This is not a word for word copy, and is subtly modified in other respects.
So my question to the community is, where do I stand? What are the rules in this situation regarding copyright? What distinguishes 'inspiration' from another site from copyright infringement?
I understand this is a sensitive topic, so please understand if have every intention of doing the right thing. For future reference though, it would be useful to know where the line is so I don't find myself in this situation again.
Thanks for any insights.
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