Hello and welcome to our community! Is this your first visit?
Register
Enjoy an ad free experience by logging in. Not a member yet? Register.
Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    New Coder
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    16
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Copying someone elses code ethical, nonethical, legal...

    How ethical or non-ethical is to look at someone's code and use it? How much of someone's code can you legally use? 30%, 49%, 50%, 100%?

    man rui

  • #2
    Master Coder Excavator's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    9,748
    Thanks
    22
    Thanked 1,838 Times in 1,822 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by yangmanrui View Post
    How ethical or non-ethical is to look at someone's code and use it? How much of someone's code can you legally use? 30%, 49%, 50%, 100%?

    man rui
    I would at least ask, it's nice to get a little recognition for it at least.. If you see any of my stuff that you like, help yourself.
    Validate often DURING development - Use it like a splelchecker | Debug during Development |Write it for FireFox, ignore IE
    Use the right DocType | Validate your markup | Validate your CSS | Why validating is good | Why tables are bad

  • #3
    Senior Coder
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    Posts
    2,879
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 65 Times in 56 Posts
    For the most part, unless you are talking about using a technique (say, * { margin: 0; padding: 0} or .hiddenText { text-indent: -9999px; overflow: hidden; }), the blatant copying and pasting of code is immoral and illegal. Just not easily prosecuted.

    I'd say the rule of thumb should be, if you're not sure about it, ask. If they say no, don't.

  • #4
    New Coder
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    16
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    How about color combination?

    Man Rui

  • #5
    Senior Coder jcdevelopment's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Cowboy Nation
    Posts
    2,182
    Thanks
    174
    Thanked 257 Times in 257 Posts
    Color combination isnt really unethical because its kind of like music, if you use the same notes as someone else and change them up than its not unethical. I would be pleased if someone had liked my color scheme so much they would want to use it. I use alot of code from dhtmlgoodies but i always give them credit in the source code. I think that there is nothing you can do about any one taking or using code, just embrase it and take it as a compliment!!

  • #6
    New to the CF scene
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    5
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I'll throw in my own two cents here since I have had sites stolen before: Never steal, but it's ok to use someone else's work for inspiration. Inspire yourself, but create your own original work. I have had people steal my site word for word, and that sucks!


  •  

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •