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vincevincevince - 10:24 am on Nov 7, 2009 (gmt 0)
You are do not need to fear creating other designs which have some similar features; if the earlier copyright is infringed it is fine, because you own it
Good reasons NOT to give your client the copyright to the design:
They cannot mess up the website design as that is creating a derivative work, but must either maintain it as designed or scrap and start with a new design
You cannot be refused permission to show the design in your portfolio: you still own the design
They cannot do the 'rebranding scam' in which they copy the whole website for a 'friend' and just change the logo and a few design elements... ripping off your quality work
The copyright is an asset; worth additional money if the client wants it transferred
They cannot employ another designer to modify your design, ensuring that you maintain control over design integrity
In most countries the copyright is automatically held by the agency that created the work, not the company that paid for it.
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