Ed McCarroll wrote: > I usually work on a "work for hire" basis; my client owns nearly > all rights to everything. I do have a "snippet clause" that allows > me to re-use code, and have amended it on occaisions to preclude my > doing so in works for competing companies. I don't know where you're based, but if you're in the UK and work as a freelancer for another agency, you own the copyright to everything you create, not the agency. However many of the larger agencies will require you to sign over copyright to them. Selling/handing over copyright is all about the value of that copyright to you and you're business. If you don't need to retain copyright (for instance so that you can reuse chunks of code) or are happy that your client can do whatever they want with the thing you've created for them (including selling it on to people at a profit) then go for it. However we use some freelance work and understand that we don't own the copyright of anything they create for us (and wouldn't expect to). We also use third party scripts (like mail scripts, BB's etc) which we don't own either. We reuse scripts on all our projects so don't really have the ability to sell the copyright of these bits. Also if somebody came to us and asked for something very similar to something we've done before, we want to retain the ability to repurpose the code. For instance, if we develop a game for a client, we want to retain the copyright on the game engine, even if we don't own the copyright to the appearance of the game. Finally If we create a design for a site we don't really want the organizations using that very same design for other sites without our permission. This happened to us once before where we created a design for one site only to find the end client had built another, completely different site, using exactly the same design. Unfortunately the people they got to do it made a real hash of the job but it actually still looked like it was something we did. Not a good situation. Because we had good relations with that client we politely explained the problem and they were fine with it. However if you don't own copyright you basically are signing all your right's/interests away.