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Is this OK? All the content is my own, but I have used the HTML/CSS framework that somebody else wrote. I haven't done this, just pondering the question. I don't think I would mind if somebody did this to me.
Is HTML and CSS copyrightable?
That's an interesting discussion - but it is from 5 years ago. Back then css was just barely beginning to take hold and it seemed quite arcane. Today it seems to me that css a bedrock basic -- more like cinder blocks than the actual house.
I think mcneely's post points in a good direction - why bother copying mark-up? Every page layout should be tailored to its own purpose anyway.
On the other hands, some innovators 'get' how to do something. Certain problems tend to come down to a right way, and a million wrong ways. It doesn't happen all the time. But sometimes, in programming, you find people come to an understanding, and their code is going to look similar or even identical, for some problem or particular procedure. Could one argue - violation! I don't think so. I hope not.
The last case is simply copying a site, or most of it but substituting your own content. Now, technically, I would think that a) it would be obvious and b) it ought to be wrong if the site owners did not give permission for such an 'omage. C) who can enforce it, without massive funding, or some state-based initiative? If anyone would move on such things, I would expect you'd first see it in 'euro'. On the other hand, people wonder if the first place you'll see a genuine crippling of the www is in 'euro', as well. Maybe such plagiarism is not the price. But perhaps the alternative is best avoided, in any case?