~ Chris Chocola
Who Has The Rights To Your Website?
If you have a business, you need a website. Goes without saying right? And unless you are in the web business, you’ve probably got somebody to design and upload your website for you. There are a whole host of options for getting this done, from off the shelf, large companies, to smaller independent web design agencies, and no doubt your choice of whom to go with was at least in part to do with the size of your budget.
Who owns your website?
Just because this site “belongs” to your company doesn’t mean you actually own it. Do you know the answers to who owns the rights to….
- The Design: you may have had a huge input in this, but does this mean that you can replicate it anywhere you chose?
- The Code: similar to your design, the text and pictures you see on your site have all got there by your web guys using coding.
- Your Domain: by this we are referring to your website’s name and address. If you want to move it, can you? How easy would it be?
- Content: if you want to change things on your site can you do it yourself or do you have to ask your web provider? Can you update your site?
- The Images: if permission hasn’t been obtained for using photographs, you could find yourself in very deep water – this will apply even if you have created your own website.
Unless you know the answers to all of the above, then we recommend that you start to ask a few questions. Just because you paid for your website and it perfectly reflects your company’s brand, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is yours – and should any disputes arise, how long can you live without your website?
If you have any further questions regarding this please don’t hesitate to get in touch with either your web designers, your service provider, or indeed with ourselves. In the meantime we wish you, as always, continued happy and safe computing.