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A question of copyright law an how it affects web templatesby arashi (Priest)
|on Feb 18, 2002 at 17:08 UTC||Need Help??|
For the purpose of this question, please assume the following definition of a web template:
This is in response to my own growing curiosity of what the seemingly all inclusive copyright line at the bottom of most pages means.
Example: Copyright (c) 2002 - John Doe - All Rights Reserved.
Simply, I would like to know what the scope of such a line is?
The answer may be as simple as "the scope is all inclusive". Although, I suspect that the answer might be more complicated than that.
If it is indeed more complex, how does copyright affect all parts of a web template:
- to what extent is the overall design, look, and feel of a web template copyrighted?
- who owns the content of a web page that uses a web template?
- who owns, if anyone, the HTML front-end of a web template?
- who owns, if anyone, the back-end of a web template?
And finally, should a template, with all components of it, be considered as one object subject to copyright, or should only certain parts be copyrightable?
I'm sure Edison turned himself a lot of colors before he invented the lightbulb. - H.S.