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Copyright Query
show user profile  Jock
Just a quick question i was wondering about with regards my portfolio. Working in an architects office, producing 3D Work i beleive means that any work i produce belongs to them, so does that mean i cant use it in my portfolio without their permission?

Which leads me onto what if i produce a model of a building that weve done at work though no model was done for it, therefore i'm doing it in my own time off my own back? When thinking about it, i thought maybe they can say the own the design therefore you cant replicate it, though i thought surely joe bloggs could decide its a nice looking building and replicate it in a model and they couldnt say anything?
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4/30/2008 9:17:39 AM (last edit: 4/30/2008 9:17:39 AM)
show user profile  Dave
You should be speaking with your company about this. Just ask them about what sort of things you can put in your personal portfolio, based on the work you've done for them.

"I flew over Egypt once"

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4/30/2008 9:26:23 AM (last edit: 4/30/2008 9:26:23 AM)
show user profile  Jock
I just thought it best not to speak to them till it was absolutely necessary. if im talking about a portfolio it will show that i'm considering leaving.

the main reason i ask is becasue 80% of everything i do is for work, so without it my already small portfolio would be minute. Though i am working on it at the moment.
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4/30/2008 9:37:59 AM (last edit: 4/30/2008 9:39:13 AM)
show user profile  killerbee2
Take a look at your contract, it should be mentioned there.

And base of rule, if you only visualised their plans you have no right.
If you ask them you could get away with putting it in your portfolio where it should clearly state you produced it while working at that firm and only the visualisation is your work.

Are you planning on leaving ?

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4/30/2008 10:18:43 AM (last edit: 4/30/2008 10:18:43 AM)
show user profile  Jock
Not in the near future but i intend to once i get good enough and have a decent portfolio.
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4/30/2008 10:48:01 AM (last edit: 4/30/2008 10:48:01 AM)
show user profile  killerbee2
only advice i'll give is talk to your boss about it. He'll appreciate it way more and hopefully understands what you're doing and allow you to use them under conditions.

If not, you don't stand a chance and coming out of the blue presenting that to him will lead to an agressive response. Seen it happen a million times.

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4/30/2008 11:50:18 AM (last edit: 4/30/2008 11:50:18 AM)
show user profile  mattymoose
You can use anything you want in your portfolio, regardless of copyright. Where the legal issues come in is whether or not you are allowed to display copyrighted works to the general public, for example posting your portfolio on a publically available website. This is what you should be asking the copyright holder about. (Obligatory IMO, AFAIK). If you don't want to deal with the hassle I'd recommend distributing your portfolio on DVD or CD to potential employers, or setting up a password-protected gallery for copyrighted works on your website.

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4/30/2008 12:12:37 PM (last edit: 4/30/2008 12:15:47 PM)
show user profile  Jock
Cheers for the advice guys, and that info matty is real handy to know.

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4/30/2008 12:44:56 PM (last edit: 4/30/2008 12:44:56 PM)
show user profile  killerbee2
if the dvd gets in the hands of the wrong guy, you're screwed anyhow.

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4/30/2008 1:57:08 PM (last edit: 4/30/2008 1:57:08 PM)
show user profile  [P]aradox
I don't know what UK laws are like, but here in Canada any creative work done as an employee is copyright your employer by default. Anything you do in your own time on your own equipment defaults to you, though. In the case of modeling a building that was designed by your employer, the design would be your employer's IP but any images you produced would be yours, just like a photograph of the building would be. That doesn't necessarily give you the right to distribute the images or model, though, especially if the design is as yet unbuilt.
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4/30/2008 6:35:43 PM (last edit: 4/30/2008 6:35:43 PM)
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