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Where does inspiration end, where does illegitimate copying start?

How to explain the difference between stealing the design and copying the design? In Web Designs. How do you take inspiration from others design without stealing it?

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    The difference between stealing and copying is mostly semantic. The difference between copying and drawing-inspiration-from is well described by Lauren Ipsum on a very similar question
    – Farray
    Aug 19 '11 at 17:12
  • My question was different Aug 19 '11 at 18:06
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    Can you edit your question to add more clarity? I'm sure Philip wouldn't mind reopening the question if it could be made noticeably different from the previous question. As it stands now, the only difference I see is that it is asking specifically the difference between "copying" and "stealing", which is really a discussion about words and not design.
    – Farray
    Aug 19 '11 at 18:13
  • Related discussion about the ethics of copying: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/1420/…
    – ghoppe
    Aug 19 '11 at 23:59