Ethics of web-design and copyright
October 3, 2012 9:25 AM Subscribe
What is a reasonable amount of 'look and feel' to copy from another website?
posted by anonymous to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been working on developing a simple website for my business. I was converging on a particular design strategy but the site did not look very good. I then found another website that used a very similar design approach, but had a beautiful layout. The other website belongs to a company that is a large and famous product design firm (Firm X). I am in a two person company in a completely different industry.
At a personal level, I don't want to take the entire site and reuse it as it feels wrong. However, I would love to use some of the design elements and code. I emailed Firm X to ask if I could, and how much it would cost but as they are quite big I suspect they may not get back to me. Also, I suspect that they are not interested in selling pieces of their website. I did read through some previous Ask questions on this topic from the last few years. Q1