Copyright of music on websites

  HighTower 11:15 27 Apr 06

If a customer wishes to have music on his website / multimedia CD etc where does the designer stand with regards to copyright?

Suppose he turns up with a CD and tells you that he's checked it out and it's OK to use it. Do you take his word for it and use it and any consequences are his problem, or as a designer is it your responsibility to ensure that no copyright laws are broken, and would it be you who ends up in court explaining to the judge?

Even if you have something in writing from the customer, does this clear you from any wrong doing or does the buck ultimately stop with you?

  Forum Editor 17:51 27 Apr 06

in a website that you are designing on behalf of someone else, and that person informs you that he/she has paid a copyright licence fee, you will not be liable, should the information subsequently prove to be false.

You acted in good faith, believing all to be well. It's not for you to question what you've been told, unless it could subsequently be demonstrated that you had reason to doubt your client's word.

  HighTower 09:16 28 Apr 06

Good, sounds reasonable to me. Thanks for your input.

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