In general, every individual has ownership of the copyright to the work that he or she produces. When does a creator now own copyright? When they have signed a Work For Hire or Contractor Agreement. In this movie, author Seth Polanksy describes what a Work For Hire agreement is and how that impacts ownership of copyright.
- Working for someone else.…In general, a person is entitled…to keep any work he or she produces.…There is, however, an important exception…to the principle that you own all the copyright rights…in a work you create or even the simple product…of your own labor.…If you are an employee and what you create…is done as part of your employment,…then your employer, not you, owns all the rights.…This is a consequence of the Works Made for Hire Doctrine…in copyright law.…If you are not an employee, you are a contractor,…commonly referred to as a freelancer,…and your business contracts will take the form…of contractor agreements, of which…work for hire agreements are a subset.…
Note here, these kinds of contracts…are often called many different things.…Consulting agreements, contract for freelance work,…there are many different titles.…The key to remember is that they are all…flavors of contractor agreements.…Okay, so we're going to get a little legalese-y here.…Section 101 of the Copyright Act,…Title 17 of the US code, defines…
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- Why do you need a contract?
- Types of contracts
- Asking for an NDA
- Work-for-hire and contractor agreements
- Proposals, quotes, and statements of work
- Licensing agreements
- Delivery and payment terms