Is the Creator of a Work Always the Copyright Owner?
The traditional rule is that the creator of a work owns the copyright of that work as soon as the work is put into a tangible medium of expression. But, there are exceptions to this rule:
If an employee creates a work in the course of his employment, the employer owns that copyright.
Made for Hire
If an independent contractor signs a written agreement that says the work he creates is made for hire, then the person or organization who ordered the work owns the copyright, so long as the work is:
If the work does not fall within one of these eight categories, it is not made for hire and the creator owns the copyright.
If the creator of the work sells the entire copyright to another, then the person or organization who purchased it owns the copyright.
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