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I used this website which allows you to customize the color, width, height, and other stuff which is generated afterwards and then you can copy the code. I checked the website and didn't see any FAQ/Legal Terms pages, etc. So I am wondering can I get in trouble if I create a script which will use the CSS code for a button and sell the script?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Will the script access the other website? –  JCL1178 Feb 1 '13 at 2:46
    
See too this question that asks if code for a "CSS icon" can be copyrighted webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/2036/… –  Ellie Kesselman Mar 17 '13 at 12:18

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When you create something, it’s your creation, your work, and you (or, depending on your circumstances, your employer) have the copyright. The tools you use do not affect this. When you write a novel using Microsoft Word, you will have the copyright, not Microsoft. When you design a building using a CAD system, you have the copyright, not the CAD software copyright owner. The same principles apply when using software to generate, say, CSS code.

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Except the OP isn't really "creating" anything, the tool is doing the actual creation. That doesn't mean the site owns the copyright, but technically it could if it wanted to. –  DisgruntledGoat Feb 5 '13 at 14:55
    
Only human beings can create, in the copyright sense at least. If there is no creative act by a person, such as selecting options and setting parameters, then there is no created work and no copyright. –  Jukka K. Korpela Feb 5 '13 at 17:37
    
What I'm saying is that the software itself is a creative work, so its output could be creative work too. The software should have a license that says what its terms of use are and what you can do with the output. –  DisgruntledGoat Feb 5 '13 at 20:02

It is copyrighted but unless you copy the whole website or template it will fall under Fair Use. Most likely.

You can always modify the code as generators almost never output quality stuff.

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Be careful throwing around that term. Fair Use is pretty much a US-specific concept. In other countries, it applies differently, possibly with a different name, and doesn't exist at all in other countries. (This gives you an idea why questions of legality are largely avoided here, or answered with heavy disclaimers.) –  Su' Feb 1 '13 at 5:12
    
“Fair use”, where it applies, is subject to interpretations and dispute. Any statement about “fair use” calls for arguments, instead of providing one. –  Jukka K. Korpela Feb 1 '13 at 9:36

Nope it can not all css styling are free to use its a MIT licensed = free to use

its the same as a website idear it cant be copyright the idear itself is free to use so if you wanna make facebook 2 go ahead if you think you have a better output

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