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  • You should have some protection under moral copyright laws, assuming you asserted your authorship of your work.
    • In the email the bod accepted that tw2 did the original work, but now claimed it has nothing to do with them. That's partly true, but interesting that they are still using at least the Javascript code I wrote for them. I doubt copyright would cover it, as tw2 doesn't exist anymore. Plus part of the deal with tw2 was that we supplied the code, giving them the ability to change it in the future.

      It's the fact that they wanted me to remove all mention of the fact that tw2 or I were involved in the redesign and development of the site several years ago, that gets me. I've change my site, but have yet to hear back from them.

      Just to prove the fact that I was involved, the javascript has the following header:

      // Auto Loading Menus
      // Menu handling javascript for DHTML applications
      // Author: Barbie (barbie@tw2.com)
      // Copyright (C) 2000 tw2.com
      The way the layers were created was quite a complex piece of Java on the serverside too, so I doubt very much they have replaced it. A bit sad that they are trying to throw their weight around when they clearly have no reason to.
      • Botheration, I actually just read the law itself.

        Moral rights, section 79, 2a [hmso.gov.uk] states:

        (2) The right does not apply in relation to the following descriptions of work—

               (a) a computer program;

        So, darn, no you don't have moral rights to be identified as the author. I don't like this law - I think that a computer programme is just as expressive as an artistic work and copyright should protect my rights to be identified.