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I kind of love that this thread took the turn that it did. As a philosophy nerd, I love pondering and talking about ethics. I personally come from the school of objectivity. No matter what someone may think or feel, there is one truth that is external, objective and mind-independent. 2 + 2 = 4 whether you believe it or not.
That being said… I don’t think it’s morally wrong to copy code. However, I’ve never straight up copied code verbatim because I don’t really like other people’s code. It’s not the way I would structure it, which poses a problem for maintainability.
From a practical perspective: I think you’re better off studying the logic of HOW someone structured something and then taking the time to make your version more awesome.
As for the legality of all this… I do not know.