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  1. #1
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    I have a question about copyright. If someone makes a page for me and I pay them for the design and Ipay them for updating the page (so they are the webmaster. They put the copyright sign on my page and I don't like that cause I've paid them for the design and I feel that I own the design since I've paid for it. Can I ask them to take the copyright sign away?

    Actullay this is a hypothetic question cause I don't put copyright on pages that I get paid for even if I make the design
    I felel the copyright belong to the owner of the page. But a firend of mine has another webmaster and designer and she puts the copyright on pages she make and get paid for

    Any comments are welcome


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    Senior Member filburt1's Avatar
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    They designed it so they can copyright it. However, many contracts you sign when joining companies specifically state that any work you do on the company's time becomes the company's property. It depends on the circumstances for your case.
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    Senior Member mossoi's Avatar
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    Holding the copyright and displaying it are two different things though. Personally I would ask them to remove it, it's not in your design spec and they're just using it as an opportunity to advertise on your site for free.

    It's not the case that for something to be copyright it needs to be displayed as such. Certainly in the UK it's a given that as soon as anything is made 'real', (written down, recorded, made into a webpage) then it is by default copyright of the creator. Adding the (C) is only stating the obvious.

    Also you are buying the design to be used as is. It should really be written into the contract that you now own all rights to the design - if you don't have that right, what's to stop them putting the same design on another site? If it's not in the contract then they do own the copyright but they still don't have the inherent right to display that on your site.

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