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I've recently been employed to develop a website for a company, I have been employed in this position for just over six months. The last two months I have been doing the same work although on a self employed basis.
Through out my (self)employment there has been no contract or any sort of legal agreement.
I host the site on my own servers.
Last week I explained to the chap I was doing the work for that I simply did not have enough time to continue doing the work full time on the wage I was on and that I could continue work for him but through my company. I also offered to finish off any existing bits of work whilst he found a replacement, although he didn't take this quite as well as I'd hoped for.
To cut a whole bunch of drama short.. I'm trying to figure out who actually owns the site? Am I obliged to give him the only copy of the site which is on my servers?
I'm a bit clueless when it comes to this stuff, any help and advice would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
I'm trying to figure out who actually owns the site?
I don't think there's any question. They do.
...employed to develop a website for a company,...
If you are an employee then the employer owns it.
If you are a contractor then you own it.
You state that the initial work was done as am employee and then further work done as a contractor. This muddies the water then as to who own which part.
As always, it would be wise to check with your legal advisor, but I would just hand everything over to them and have a contract written up for any further work. I would even include in that contract that as part of the work agreement you are hand ownership of all work done over to them.