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Hi, some time ago I built a web site for a friend's business.It has a shopping facility where people can buy products. Unofficially, he paid me £500 to do this. However, as the author I believe I own the copyright. In addition, my name appears at the bottom of the site in the copyright notice. It says, "Copyright©2013ChristianKoisser. All rights reserved." As I have now fallen out with my friend I want to take the site down. Can I do this? (The site has been running for around 3 years now.)

Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Alex J. replied 4 years ago.
Hi

Thank you for your question and welcome to Just Answer.

Was it anticipated that he would pay more than £500 for the site?

Kind regards

AJ
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


No. £500 was agreed and was paid but I just dont want to administer this site anymore. I believe with copyright, that when anything is fixed in a tangible form of expression, it becomes the property of the author for his lifetime plus 50 years. Bearing this in mind (and the fact that the copyright is mine,) I should be able to take the site down. Correct?

Expert:  Alex J. replied 4 years ago.
Hi,

Thank you.

While what have said is correct you do remain the owner of the site the fact that he paid you to do it means it is a "commissioned work".

He therefore has non-exclusive licence to use the site indefinitely. In absence of an express term that is the base position of a commissioned work.

What I would agree is that for £500 it cannot be said that there was an ongoing obligation for you to administer it.

I would suggest that you have to give him the site in its current form but you can cease any further administration of the site.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

AJ
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


Thanks.

Expert:  Alex J. replied 4 years ago.
Hi,

No problem.

I wish you the best of luck.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any follow up points.

Kind regards

AJ