Certainly, developers are keen on re-using code when they can: according to separate research, nearly half (44%) said they copied and pasted up to 50 lines of code a week from other sources, while a third (33%) said they copied somewhere between 50 and 100 lines a week; 13% said they copied 100 to 500 lines a week.
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"Remember, good artists copy, great artists steal, greatest artists copy, then paste," writes Ben Popper, Stack Overflow's director of content.
However, developers ought to be careful about exactly what they copy and paste. A 2020 study by engineers at IDE maker JetBrains looking at Java projects on GitHub discovered that 29.6% of blocks of code might be involved in potential code-borrowing – and 9.4% of them could potentially violate original licenses.