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If I pay for website design, can I claim the design as my own?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by TheStylo, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. TheStylo

    TheStylo Newbie

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    If I pay a web designer to make me a website, is it legal to resell the website design to another client and claim I was the original designer?
     
  2. Conor

    Conor Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I'm pretty sure that's what fiverr is for. I don't agree with the practice, but it is essentially just a sneaky way of outsourcing, in my eyes.
     
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  3. TheStylo

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    And by "sneaky" do you mean illegal? It only sparked a thought because of a IM journey I saw today about the person reselling digital services.
     
  4. HeRBaR

    HeRBaR Supreme Member

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    Ask the designer he is the person that can respond to this question...
    I know cases where the designer asks a little more and you can claim the design as yours.
    So just ask the designer ;)
     
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  5. Sgt Kraut

    Sgt Kraut Regular Member

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    The rights on the image are not belonging you just from purchasing a picture from a designer. The designer has to give you the rights, so you can freely use it (reselling etc.). Usually, this is done within a contract.
     
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  6. TheStylo

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    Doesn't purchasing a website design relieve all ownership from designer? If not, what is the purpose of paying money for the website?
     
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    That depends on what is stated in your contract!

    Normally the rights to use the design, image, content etc goes over to the buyer. If you buy a website and you sell that website, why shouldn't the new owner have the right to use the new website? It's the first time I've ever heard of the designer having a say in any of this ;)
     
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    usually in the contract there is language as to what rights you have as a buyer. You first get use of it on your website obviously but in this day and age if there is no language about distribution rights then you have some grounds to resell the design. On the up and up I would talk with the designer and make sure its okay and kick them a little bit more money, at least 50% up if not 100% because I am now benefiting from their work beyond the original intent.
     
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  9. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    On the contract (formal or not), state that after the full payment has been provided, he agrees to transfer all rights of the work to you - done.
     
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  10. TheStylo

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    Sounds like the best option. Thanks everyone for all of your input. I appreciate the little discussion on this topic. It was really helpful.
     
  11. Numbuh362

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    yes you would be the owner.
     
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