You make a great point, along with notable others.
I'm still trying to contact the owner. To my benefit, I misread the whois data -- it expires Dec 2014 so at least domain privacy still might put me in contact. Out there lights some sliver of possibility, no?
Even though the site went down weeks back. I really want to make a deal with him, to have his blessings and have all info transferred above-board. The only way I'll do it.
I guess in my mind, while I won't scrape anyones content (while this has been done to me) -- I was trying to establish when there might be some form of 'creative rights' ... by way of numerous page tags only, and at the same site? Duplicate tags are commonplace, but at what point do these become a 'creative whole'. Partly when belonging to the same url, partly by an accumulation of them being in-common with another site?
Hence, my need to resurrect the tags alone and put up my own content.