8kobe - 9:19 pm on Dec 4, 2007 (gmt 0)
I would say that by the letter of the law it is illegal. However it would be pretty difficult to prove that you did it unless the layouts are very unique. So if you copy someone's 3 column layout and change all the graphical parts of the site I would say that they cannot do much about it. However if someone is doing something unique and different and you copy it they may be able to come after you. Do I think that they will come after you..... most likely not unless they have deep pockets or if you are in their "industry." If they are in your industry you should not copy their site anyway. If I came to a site that looked alot like another site I have visited I would leave and never come back.