im wondering about the legalities of giving out ftp passwords to my clients.
i think as a designer my database code should be copyright.
also recently in my country of residence the state has employed specific companies to access websites and change keywords.
they have authorization to download the websites.
the specific companies are actually competitors. so i dont feel comfortable with them having the files
have i got legal grounds not to give out ftp passwords to clients?
if i design a site and it has a database and content management as well as a template system, i really dont like the idea of a competitor having access to the files and database of the website.
they can change the person who designed the site, and thus giving credit to competitors. they also give competitors access to the system i use which is competitive advantage i have. i see more and more companies doing this. That is,
change the name of the person who designed the site.
i am in ireland. the state body that looks after tourism is paying certain companies to download websites and optimize code. they are requesting ftp details to download the websites. these companies in my view are competitors as they are not far away.
there seems to be an assumption that the client owns the files of the website that reside on the server as that is what they refer to as webhosting. the companies requesting the ftp access have not specified the legalities in the email.
in my view the clients own the published site, nothing more than what you can download by saving from a browser.
this issue is getting more and more critical in my view as more and more people are searching for cheaper designers, such is the nature of the industry. and more and more people are demanding the passwords as if they own the sites on the server.
This is a complicated problem because, though I advise designers to copyright their code and put the restrictions of use in the contract, there is little that can truly be done to protect your work from being reused or modified after the product is delivered. It is very common for clients to want to own the web files that designers create. If you really want to fully protect yourself, you'll have to communicate to the client that you will only build the site if you get to host it and they are restricted from file access. But I'm afraid you may see a decline in customers. The best thing to do IMO is to just deliver the files, have a solid contract, and hope for the best.