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Thread: What rights do I have as a designer here?

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    What rights do I have as a designer here?

    Long story short, I was hired to make a wordpress site for a business, after the site was 98% finished they just stopped answering my emails, totally ignored me and never paid me. Now I find out that not only did they use my design, but they also hired another designer to copy/paste all the CSS work I did to the chosen theme.

    I've taken it to social media,, but what other ways am I protected here?


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    Unpaid WDF Intern TheGAME1264's Avatar
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    The short, trite, sadly correct answer: consult an attorney.

    The reason I say this is because it depends on both your jurisdiction and the jurisdiction of your client. In Ontario, for example, the work is considered the intellectual property of whoever commissioned it regardless of whether or not it's paid for. It's one of the reasons most of my clients aren't in Ontario, and I don't deal with any clients that can't be hosted on my server. They can own the work and do as they wish with it, but that doesn't mean I have to host it if they're delinquent in any way...and since most of the work I do requires custom server-side coding and advanced knowledge, they'll need me to transfer it and get it working even if they don't pay.

    Now, that's going to vary as I said; this is not the case in at least some other jurisdictions. So you'll need to know this.
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    Do you have any way to know who the other designer is?
    It's possible they don't know your story.

    If you could contact the designer and describe what happened ...

    It's possible it might be resolved.

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    Tip... seriously I do this.. drop your name in the code...with a date.... SOMEWHERE,lol.

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