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View Full Version : Even Coca Cola steals scripts?



RoyW
01-05-2004, 01:18 AM
I saw this and had to post.
Take a look at Coca Cola UK (http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/index.html) .

I noticed they used a fade onmouse over image script. Taking a look it is clearly the Gradual-Highlight Image Script II (http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex4/highlightgrad2.htm) from Dynamic Drive (http://www.dynamicdrive.com/) .

I guess it is not Coca Colas' fault as the site is designed by Preloaded Digital Media Consultants (http://www.preloaded.com/). They even seem to have won an award for the design. It would be nice if they gave credit where it is due.

jkd
01-05-2004, 01:53 AM
Ouch. Big company. Stolen script. The author could probably win a nice settlement.

Kor
01-05-2004, 02:29 PM
I wonder...

Seems like javascript is a kinda open sourse so on which legal basis can someone claim a script's paternity?...

A1ien51
01-05-2004, 02:45 PM
Search Google News for the pop under case with those X10 Ads.

RoyW
01-05-2004, 03:12 PM
The terms of use for that script.

http://www.dynamicdrive.com/notice.htm

Just because you can easily view the source of the script does not neccesarily mean it is open source.

Reasons for leaving the copyright comment in the script
It is a form of advertising. By seeing where the script comes from visitors can be directed to the originating site of the script. There they can get directions on how to use it and see if there are any updates to the script plus view other scripts provided by the site.

If you see a car with the door open and the keys in the ignition if you get in & drive off you are still guilty of stealing.

Just because you can view the source does not mean you can just copy it without crediting the original authors.

Kor
01-05-2004, 03:43 PM
Yea, but things are somehow different... javascript is the same for all, the operators, event handlers, methods are the same... If changing the name of the functions, variables and parameters here's the same code, but who knows who's ?

I reckon that inserting a copyright comment is a polite thing to do, even if modifying a script (I also do it) but it does not seems legally necesarily...

nolachrymose
01-05-2004, 07:07 PM
Originally posted by Kor
Yea, but things are somehow different... javascript is the same for all, the operators, event handlers, methods are the same... If changing the name of the functions, variables and parameters here's the same code, but who knows who's ?

I reckon that inserting a copyright comment is a polite thing to do, even if modifying a script (I also do it) but it does not seems legally necesarily...

It's just as legally necessary as citing sources when writing a paper. If you don't, it's plagiarism (and if the source has a copyright, it's also copyright infringement), which is of course illegal.

Happy coding! :)



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