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    SitePoint Member spdev's Avatar
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    online design portfolio

    ive looked around and found many different answers, basically i've been working for a couple of IT companys that do web design services (me being the only designer there as its a small part of their business). Im working as a freelancer now and was wondering if im able (legally) to include site ive built/designed on my personal portfolio if ive worked on them while at the previous company?

    thanks in advance.

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    SitePoint Member spdev's Avatar
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    opps wrong category...too many firefox tabs open :-( mod move this to business and legal issues forum?

    sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by spdev View Post
    ive looked around and found many different answers, basically i've been working for a couple of IT companys that do web design services (me being the only designer there as its a small part of their business). Im working as a freelancer now and was wondering if im able (legally) to include site ive built/designed on my personal portfolio if ive worked on them while at the previous company?

    thanks in advance.

    spdev
    Only if you get permission from your former employer. More often than not, if you were employed, any works created as part of that employment belong to your employer.
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    SitePoint Member spdev's Avatar
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    hmm yeah this is what i worried about as i wanted some work to be displayed on my portfolio as i have very few to show that we not from my previous employer

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    I think you would be fine to link to sites you have worked on legally. Personally I would always speak to the client and get their permission though, it's 1) Common courtesy and 2) Keeps you in touch with someone who pays for web design!
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    yes i think its the best bet, i will contact the company i worked for and ask for permission to show the sites and/or link to them. Hopefully it will go through fine.

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    Don't waste your time begging, they won't let you do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jt_va View Post
    Don't waste your time begging, they won't let you do it.
    Why would any reasonable person say no?
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    What I have seen on a few occasions is people saying:

    "Heres some work that I Helped work on while I was working at (x), my roles were (y) and you can find their website at (z)"

    This is still not a completely fair way of going about it, but it does allow for both parties to get something out of it.
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    SitePoint Member spdev's Avatar
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    @liam_uk7 yeah thanks this would seem to be the best way about it to be honest.

    Fingers crossed eh!


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