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In most cases processed by U.S. law, the answer is "no". A simple search and replace of code, or any copyrighted content, does not result in a significant distinction or uniqueness to convince a court that the resulting work is original. In general, re-writing the code in a different form is a better approach. Specifically, re-factoring of software code to establish a unique construct of function, logic and data manipulation, as well as the usual variable and function naming aspects, is preferred. The exceptions to this would be well-known methods or functions which have been recoded so many times that there are industry-standard forms for performing the given operations (i.e. generic in nature).

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Q: Can you avoid copyright infringement by using search-replace on copied software code?
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