[thelist] Taking over a Web site

jsWalter jsWalter at torres.ws
Sun Sep 5 17:40:33 CDT 2004

#1) The design company "owns" it.
    They can do what they will with it.

    Now, you can appeal to get it, but that begins a $1,500US.

    But then again, it doesn't mean you can't ask nicely and see what
they say.

    We had a client some years ago that had an EDU domain, before the
    rules changed. They moved to us, their original ISP "owned" the
    domain. Would not transfer it. They let it lapse (some months later)
    and then my client could not get it back because they no longer 
    met the requirements for EDU.

#2) The old owner paid the original design company for the site?

    If so, then the original owner owns the site and the design.
    And since he sold it to your friend, he now owns it.

    So, just transfer the files to your server and have fun!

Good luck.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org 
> [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Kevin Stevens
> Sent: Sunday, September 05, 2004 4:20 PM
> To: Evolt
> Subject: [thelist] Taking over a Web site
> Hi All
>         A friend has recently taken over a pub and, because 
> he knows me, wants me to up-date the current Web site. I have 
> never done this before and I want to know where I stand on a 
> couple of issues...
> 1. It appears that the domain name does not belong to the 
> former pub owner but to the company who designed the site in 
> the first place. My friend is very keen to own the domain 
> himself and has asked me to find out where he stands legally 
> on this point. The pub is in England and is a .com domain. 2. 
> What is the etiquette involved in using someone else's work. 
> Am I being naive in thinking that any money paid so far has 
> been for the work done and it will just be a simple case of 
> transferring the site, as is, onto my own server? 
> Realistically, I think not.
> That will do for now, I have a horrible feeling this might 
> get messy so I would appreciate any input from anyone who has 
> done this before.
> Cheers
> Kevin Stevens
> kjs at ratking.co.uk

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