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A question that comes up time and time again is, “who owns the copyright to a website design?” The law states that the person that did the design owns the copyright, so this would mean it is the designer, but if you are a client paying for a bespoke design, then morally the design copyright should belong to the client.

Most designers will stipulate that any graphical design work they do for a client i.e. logos etc are owned by them until full payment is received at which time the copyright will pass over to the client. It is vital to confirm all of this upfront and ideally in writing as there have been a few cases of designers suing clients for use of their graphics without consent.

If the design is a template then this cannot be copyrighted as the design is not bespoke and therefore already belongs to the original person that created it.