Your question is too obscure to properly answer with accuracy...
Ok so say I wanted to put some of the categories/forums on this website on my website and then some categories/forums from another website onto one website but use a completely different name and offer extra things such as free domains and have giveaways on a regular basis can I do that?..
Categories can't really be copyrighted nor can ideas usually. Make sure not to directly copy structures and you're probably okay...
Neat well theres quite a difference.
Instead of vbulletin or phpbb I used mybb.
Instead of members selling points that is not allowed has to be through me.The idea I got from another site was free domains tough I judge by posts/points the other site judged through points and has now stopped offering free domains..
The name is completely different and the design is completely different..
I just wanted to use a combination of categories and I didn't use all the categories of either site and added 1 new category..
Thanks for all the help guys,its much appreciated...
Bing and Google are similar in the same way. Sounds like you're mainly in the clear. You can't copyright a genre...
Design (shapes, colours, graphics, photos) and text is subject to copyright but not ideas. You can create a website similar to an existing site and use the same categories. However if it is a unique phrase written by the existing site then you can't use that phrase.
For instance all the category names on the homepage of namepros could be used by another site. However I would say the category descriptions can't be copied word by word. Copyright is there to protect creativity. So any content that has some creative and unique aspect falls under copyright protection. Copyright doesn't need to be registered.
If you copy some text word by word from another site the person who wrote that text could send a DMCA notice to your webhost and domain registrar and you will be asked to take down that content.
Don't copy any of those from other sites:.
1. graphics (icons, buttons, logos, etc).
3. their overall look, their colours.
4. text (articles, paragraphs, sentences, phrases)..