A: That depends on your specific agreement with us, but in general, you own full rights only to the material you provide to us.
What You Do Own
You own all materials you provide to us for use on the site, such as
- Text (copy)
If you provide us with an existing logo and we do not have to modify it for use on your site, you retain the rights to the logo. You certify at the time you submit materials to us that you are the legal owner of those items.
In case of logo designs, we usually release IP rights to the client as part of the contract. As with our other work, we retain the right to feature logos created for clients as part of our promotional portfolio.
What You Don’t Own
Our standard contract does not release the rights to any work we produce, apart from a non-expiring, non-exclusive right to use the work. In other words, it’s like when you buy software: you purchase a license to use it, but we own it. Unless your contract with us specifically gives you IP rights to a portion of your website, your rights are limited. Limitations include:
- You may not modify our designs or code without permission
- You may not sell, barter or exhange our design or code without permission
- You may not create derivative works for resale
- You must retain, and may not modify, any and all copyright notices found in the <head> portion of the html document
While developing a design for you, we may submit intermediate ‘comps’ (design samples) for your approval or comment. We retain all rights to these comps, including the right to create future work dervived from them.
Your website may utilize third-party assets, such as open-source code. The IP rights to these assets are independent of our contract with you.