Is it really stealing if you’re just using the basic idea and adapting it for your own. So much of creativity is based on taking something you’ve seen and changing it or trying to illustrate it for others to see. I really like the layout of this site, selling embroidered goods. I like the colours and the three column layout and things are placed well in the design too. So I copied the code and took a screen capture so I can try to emulate it myself. Maybe I won’t even use the code, just the screen capture as a guide. But, I wondered how much of doing what I’ve just done is ‘legal’ or ethical? It’s a question for lawyers in part. Mainly, for me, it’s what I think is ok to do, where I draw the line.
Copyrights is an interesting issue. When you first look at it, it seems kind of bland and dull. Then consider all the angles, all the ways we break copyrights everyday and all the different things which can be copyrighted. It may not seem to have any effect on your life, but it does. Especially if you create any kind of content on the web. How would you really feel if something you wrote, drew or sang, etc. appeared somewhere else, taken by someone and presented as if it were there own? Sometimes I think so what. But, it does but me too. I’ve had some of my ASCII Art stolen and been claimed to be created by someone else. It’s annoying to read someone else congratulate them for a great piece of work, when it’s my work.
Anyway, that’s the blab for the day.