Re: web site design copyright
[ Follow Ups ] [ Post Followup ] [ Copyright Forum ] [ FAQ ]
Posted by M Arthur Auslander on March 13, 2003 at 22:21:02:
In Reply to: web site design copyright posted by larry on February 28, 2003 at 20:23:39:
: I saw a web site that I liked and asked a firm to replicate its design, but not any of its content. My question is this: are web site design elements (color scheme, text font and placement,and navigation paradigms) something that is covered under a web site's copyright protection? In other words, would a site that shares these design elements infringe on or otherwise violate the rights of the original site's owners? Seems that a lot of site's share these design elements. Thanks.
Copyrights protect a mode of expression, not the idea. Copying can be a subjective question which has to be gone over carefully.
M. Arthur Auslander
The Intellectual Property Law Server
Old Copyright Forum