The crucial question is – did you have in anything in writing? Often the fact that you have commissionedÂ the work will notÂ mean you will ownÂ theÂ copyright.Â So the website contractor is oftenÂ entitled to retain the copyright in the work.
So its important that you clarify the position on owership.Â In the absence of aÂ contract which contains an express clause which deals with ownership or unlessÂ there isÂ something implied in the conduct between the parties – then you won’t own the copyright.Â
SoÂ dont be a dummy and get it in writing!
Case: Griggs and others v Ross Evans and others  EWCA (Civ) 11, 25 January 2005 (Jacob LJ, Chadwick LJ, Mr Justice Lloyd