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Is It Ethical For Web Designers To Copy Or Bite Existing Websites Verbatim ?

Now i have noticed a rather sad and un professional trend that still tends to exist among web designers here in Nigeria and its rather sad to think that at this present age and time that web designers can still be copying existing websites done by other fellow Nigerian web designers word for word, design for design.

Please i want to hear from you guys  your own views about web biting.

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There's really nothing wrong in copying the structure of the website. It gets irritating when the designer copies the content, color etc.

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Hmm, i look at other peoples designs and most of the time i try to find inspiration from them, true i may steal a few kinks here and there but nothing as a whole.

Anyways look at it this way,

If it was copied, that means they thought that your design was that GOOD.

cheers

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humm this is intresting,

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To be candid and sincere its really hard to understand and comprehend why some people choose to copy outrightly but according to Yawatide's funny example its actually the honest but painful truth. People do the darnest things when it comes to copying verbatim.

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but all na copying sha? whether cyclo templating or diamond xeroxing

all na still dubbing and it is ok by me.

I am no saint as i take time to study others' work to find out what made it breathtaking. i wont even mind decompiling ur swf (i expect reactions)

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lol,

u remind me of my secondary school days

efikos would prefer to have average student dub their works/assignment rather than have dullards do it.

cos dumb skulls would do you no good, they will copy ur assignment word for word and run you into trouble

@nitation, remember i said it can become unbearable

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@Webdezzi

You getting an idea from a similar website is different from copying style by style, tag for tag

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i dont see anything bad with copying but it gets to an extent, it become unbearable.

will u say Seun copied craigslist? i will say yes and i dont think it is wrong.

how about someone who purchase a template, and the same template sold to 10 more developers with terms and conditions accepted by all parties?

Do you think it is fine to disgrace them because, they are not that good with graphics and decided to pay to get it?

You are referring to what u can see, what of the background codes like lightbox copied word for word?

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Abeg help me yarn them

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@DHTML

check the topic "IS IT ETHICAL" The poster never said "IS IT POSSIBLE". Anyway, by the tone of your response, I guess you do that a lot.

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From the sha-lan-ga dat i learnt programming, i know that any program can be copied or stolen. . .even if it is compiled. . .so it happens. . .o pari!

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It happens is all you could say, anyway, where did you learn programming? Was it from the shrine

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Thats a punishable offense under section X of the Nigerian developers law.

Hahahahaha

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