I'm designing a new site and I take ideas from sites but mix them around a little bit. All companies have the copyright on their footer, what does the copyright include?

For example, can you copyright the flow and structure of a site? Or, just the concept and logo?

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    This is a legal question, not a UX question
    – Midas
    Apr 13, 2016 at 15:07
  • @Midas It's a mixture of a UX and legal question. What parts of design can be copyrighted? In the past, UX has answered legal and UX questions and they been very well received: here, here and here.
    – Cøde Play
    Apr 13, 2016 at 15:14
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's a legal question
    – Devin
    Apr 13, 2016 at 15:25
  • @Devin Read my comment to Midas. If you close my question, you should close every other legal UX question. It's not fair to pick and choose...
    – Cøde Play
    Apr 13, 2016 at 15:26
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    @CødePlay This is a purely legal question. The other examples you cited were UX questions that had a legal aspect to their answers. The question you are asking here is about what is legally enforceable for a website. To answer your questions: you can copyright the business name, the text and image content of the site (including logos and the specific application of layout), but, as far as I am aware, not the general structure or flow. Apr 13, 2016 at 15:28


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