Re: Web site vs. Web designer

From: John Noble <jnoble[_at_]dgs.dgsys.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 1996 14:33:15 -0400

At 5:27 PM 9/5/96 -0500, Duncan McKeever wrote:
>
> !! No work-for-hire agreement was signed prior to the creation of the
> work. However, the original agreement did involve the commissioning of
> the Web site designer to create specific elements for use in conjunction
> with the HTML presentation and content already on the site.

The original agreement may or may not be sufficient to make the product a work for hire.

> Question: Due to the fact that no work-for-hire agreement was signed
> *before* the work was completed, is it possible for the designer to
> grant and the Web site owner to acquire full copyright ownership of the
> work completed?

Sure, by assignment of the copyright. "Designer hereby assigns to Webster all right, title and interest, including but not limited to copyright, in the following described work: ....

> NOTE: This post attempts to list the facts pertinent to the central
> question stated. The post does not list all of the facts regarding the
> situation nor does it contain all of my claims against the Web site
> designer.

And this response addresses only the obvious legal issues presented by the limited facts recited, and should not be relied on as a complete or sufficient legal analysis.

John Noble
<jnoble[_at_]dgs.dgsys.com> Received on Fri Sep 06 1996 - 18:40:31 GMT

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