I would think that most people would believe that if you charge them to design a website for them, which you did, and that if you didn't specifically advise them that you retain the rights to everything you designed that then they have a right to take it when there hosting contract is up. As you have indicated that you didn't make a contract it would seem that they have a right to leave with there website whenever they wish. If you start hanging your head now on copywrite law etc. just because you made serious business mistakes in not creating a contract then that is wrong. Learn from your mistakes.
Originally posted by Cyanide
Sorry for not having made it clear before this, but the client paid me seperately for design and hosting. I did give him a discount on hosting as he was getting his website designed by me.
His argument is that since he paid me to make his website, he owns it. HOGWASH!
He paid me for the service, and he owns a part of it!
No matter what way this turns, I have already gotten down to making a list of terms and conditions that I will give to my client before signing up for a project. Thanks for wishing me luck Saz249... i think i'll need it!