Re: Re: Re: website copyrightr information
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Posted by Webmaestro on July 02, 2003 at 15:12:24:
In Reply to: Re: Re: website copyrightr information posted by Jose Martinez on June 11, 2003 at 22:35:16:
I am a freelance Web developer, and I will tell you this from PAINFUL experience:
You have GOT to get yourself an airtight contract put together and have it reviewed by an attorney (preferably one that specializes in Intellectual Property). Don't go to the attorney empty handed though. Put yourself together a rough draft, and then have the attorney review it. Be prepared to pay a few hundred dollars--but it's well worth it considering all the bizarre things clients will try to pull on you without it.
As Arthur said... "What do you have in writing?" You, Jose, can decide how you want to assign ownership. Here is what I personally do:
When I create a Web site for a customer, I still have full ownership--even after I deliver it and post it to the Web. The client is only paying for the right to use my creation. However, they are not allowed to alter the design of the site--they can only alter the content contained within. If they want full ownership and freedom to re-design and alter the site, they must arrange an outright purchase of the rights from me. Otherwise, I am the only one who can alter/redesign the site.
And, as you might imagine, I charge a handsome fee to assign full ownership of my Intellectual property to a client.
This is just how I do it. It's not by any means the only way to do business. I know designers who automatically assign full ownership to their clients. They have this clause in their contracts.
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