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Kris Byrum
Kris Byrum
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Leasing code to a client over selling out-right

So I remember when I took the business lesson and also a recommended article from Treehouse, which both stated that I should lease all the markup of a client's website that I build for them and let them provide all the content.

I understand that content, but I'm unsure what the arguments are for and against leasing the markup over just selling all of it to the business.

My only idea as to why I would lease is just in case the client doesn't pay and it also would prevent the client from selling my markup to another individual for their use.

1 Answer

Ken Alger
Ken Alger
Treehouse Teacher


Great question. While not an expert in this subject, my initial thought would be that if you lease it to customer A you still retain the rights to the markup, if you sell it to them I believe you would lose those rights. So, if you spend quite a bit of time creating a nice interface, for example, with leasing you could then use some/most/all of the code for customer B. I think if you sell it to them you would have to reinvent the wheel for your next customer. While customer A may not initially care about the issue, somewhere down the road it could become an issue.

Like I said, just my initial thoughts. I would definitely be interested in what others have to say.