Work For Hire


Work For Hire is a statutorily defined term in 17 U.S.C. § 101, is not created merely because parties to an agreement state that the work is a work for hire.

Work For Hire is an exception to the general rule that the person who actually creates a work is the legally recognized author of that work. According to copyright law in the United States and certain other copyright jurisdictions, if a work is "made for hire", the employer—not the employee—is considered the legal author.

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