Copyright: Portfolios after employment ceases


I have a friend who works as a designer that might be in a constructive dismissal scenario. She has been with her employer for a long time and has quite the design portfolio. If she ends up quitting from constructive dismissal scenario, what is the company’s legal right to the photos she took of her work from clients in regards to copywright?

In this situation she paid a photographer out of her own pocket, or took the pictures herself and no compensation of any kind occurred.


Did she sign anything when they hired her that says the company owns everything she produces?
That kind of thing is very common in hi tech.

Is she being dismissed because she can’t work for them due to her disability?

She should really consult with a lawyer to make sure she takes the best path. This is not a situation for the legally untrained. Please tell your friend to get a few legal opinions.

Not something you want to take anyone’s advice on that does not have legal training.

Can you clarify if this is a disability-related situation. The terms of the forum are that we stick to disability topics. If this is not disability related you should seek counsel from an employment lawyer. The starting point with situations like this is that things produced in the course of a person’s work would belong to the employer. Exceptions could arise however, particularly if this is not a true employer / employee situation.

David Brannen

Disability Lawyer with Resolute Legal

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