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Legal ownership of code and images that make up a site
The_Hat

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 2251 posted 5:22 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

So who would "own" the site in it's entirety? I have a client that wants to come over to my hosting and bring his website with him.. It is sounding like all that the original hoster (they also created the website) will hand over is the text the client typed in and the pictures they uploaded to the site. None of the rest of the things that make up a site... not the code/page design.. not the header graphics.. etc.. Is this standard operating procedure? If it is then what exactly would the client be paying for when he has a website created? If it isn't something he owns and he wouldn't be able to use it how ever he wants in the future.. I really don't wanna have to tell the guy that he would need to pay to have a completely new website developed when he all ready did that. What's your take on this?

 

Reflect

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 2251 posted 8:51 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

Does the client have the original contract they signed? I think that would spell it out. I always turn the entire site over once the contract has been met...including final payment.

Take care,

Brian

andye

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 2251 posted 2:01 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Depends if the contract was "work for hire" or not.

Normally copyright in a work belongs to the person who created it.

But if the contract is "work for hire", then copyright belongs to the client.

Google "work for hire" for more details, looks like Wikipedia has a semi-decent article on this.

hth, a.

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