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I have discovered that Jazz.net had redesigned their forum recently and now it looks awfully similar to the Stack Exchange family sites. Is this legal or not? Or maybe they just licensed the design, I just can't find any reference there to SE. PS: their old forum was completely different - like vBulletin or similar. Just plain forum.

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Why wouldn't it be legal? There are many clones meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2267/stack-overflow-clones –  Bart Aug 20 '12 at 14:57
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Stack Exchange may have perfected the concept of Questions and Answers, but it doesn't own the idea. –  Martijn Pieters Aug 20 '12 at 14:57
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Are they copying any content? –  Flexo Aug 20 '12 at 14:57
    
Layout is almost the same. Links and their order are the same. Badges, rewards, marking correct answers, etc. Almost everything is the same. I didn't know that there are so many clones. I guess its pointless in this situation to research one site. A pity that IBM steps so low :( . At least they could credit SE for "idea" :) . –  Tooluka Aug 20 '12 at 16:01
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Even though this turned out to be legal, +1 for a good eye and taking the time to post on Meta. –  Pops Aug 20 '12 at 18:39

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They're using OSQA, which is one of the various clones out there.

They're not copying our CSS or data (and even the latter could be fine given proper attribution), so there's nothing illegal about this.

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I'm just waiting for the day some major blogger criticizes Stack Overflow's "derivative design" –  Ben Brocka Aug 20 '12 at 16:20
    
Worth noting that "they" is actually IBM - Always good when the big boys get inspired by you... –  Yannis Aug 21 '12 at 10:04

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