I am a 13 year programmer, and had stumbled across this website: http://bitcoinmaniac.com . This inspired me to update my site to look more modern: http://nahtnam.com The creator of bitcoinmaniac contacted me VIA PM on http://bitcointalk.org (which is down due to DDOS attack), and told me to give him credit. I refused, and he started spamming my threads on that forums, and looked up my address from the WHOIS of my site, and started posting it on http://coinchat.org I gave him credit to keep him quiet, but I really do not want to give him credit. Do I legally have to give him credit? I have not copied any of his source code, only the layout. Thanks a lot for all of the help you can give!
1 Answer from Attorneys
Look and feel is generally not copyrightable. That being said, it can be... and considering the trouble this guy has tried to get you into, you're better off just doing a different design.