After the recent "Look and Feel" Apple vs Samsung lawsuits, I've been wondering to what extent this might affect websites/webapps that offer functionality similar to other existing sites.
So what exactly would one have to be wary of to make sure they don't step on the toes of a big corporation?
I could see carbon copying a companies website/app (especially if it's a very distinctive product) being a bad practice that could get you some backlash, especially blatantly ripping off iconic terminology, but how similar is too similar?
Does the ten-foot rule apply to the web?
“If a reasonable person could not, at ten feet, tell the difference between two competitive products, then there was cause to believe an infringement was occurring.”
Or is there a separate legal precedent associated with the web?
And then where does feel, which is essentially the common term for UX, come in. Can you patent the way a website "feels", as in the flow, organization and functionality associated. I understand that you can't patent basic elements like radio buttons, but what about the layout and look of a large number of those elements used in combination to complete a certain action/s?
I know that the online shopping cart is still a bit of a Sword of Damocles for online retailers.
Where is the line drawn for website/webapp copyright infringement? Or is there even a line drawn yet?