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    Junior Member Tunafish Ha's Avatar
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    Im currently speaking to a website programmer right now and I asked him if I some type of contract before I start paying him and he told me no and that copyright will protect me. So do I need some type of contract before I start paying him to program my website?

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    As a designer/developer, I will not accept any work without a detailed contract, which states exactly what I am being hired to do, and what is expected of the client. This protects both myself and the client, and helps to avoid misunderstandings and hard feelings.
    If your programmer won't sign a contract, I think you should ask why not.
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    Actually a copyright only protects the original writer. ( him or her ), unless you have a contract that specifically conveys ownership of said work to you as a work for hire.

    Contracts should contain details about responsibilities, timelines and remedies. As well as ownership.

    Because this is a legally binding business agreement, because the laws vary wildly from country to country, you should have a lawyer in your area draw up a basic contract legal agreement, tweak it to your needs.

    If they absolutely refuse to sign a contract, give them a chance to provide the contract, if still no, walk away, most time in business, if someone is unwilling to sign a legally binding business contract, there is a reason and usually not for any good reasons.

    In business, contracts are a way of life. I deal with no one without a contract in place to protect us both.

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    As a newbie on the field of web developing, my mentor advised me to never accept a contract when there no clear and detailed information on what to do and specially on the pay details.Since we often offers from the net and we can get scammed easily. Its important to protect our profession and our work.

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    Copyright only protects against IP (intellectual property). it doesn't protect against payment issues, non-delivery of content, dates/times of delivery, code issues, tech support and a myriad of other things.

    Here's a test for you...see if the programmer will agree to work for an hourly rate on oDesk. You'll see what he's building and how he's building it, see if he knows what he's doing, if he's goofing off, etc. A legit programmer will have no problem with this.

    Mind you, I'd still at least have the guy sign a non-disclosure agreement to protect your IP.
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