If someone hires you to design their site, and you bring to it your unique graphic/coding skills, do you own rights to the interface/layout design?
Here is the hypothetical...
Suppose you get a commission for a 15 page site, and you submit the home page (only) for approval, with all the graphics, navigation, etc worked out. Then the person says they are unhappy and has their neighbor finish the job - USING YOUR DESIGN.
If that person paid you for the homepage part of the job - but not for the other 14 pages - can the neighbor just take it and complete the project using your submitted concept? Or is that design uniquely your's and therefore is not transferable?
For example, is it necessary to actually spell out in the contract who owns what?
Opinions are welcomed, but would especially appreciate any reference to actual statutes/precedence.