Work for Hire Agreements

A work made for hire is a work created by an employee as part of their job, or some limited types of works where all parties agree in writing to the WFH designation. Work for hire is a statutorily defined term (17 U.S.C. § 101), so a work for hire is not created merely because parties to an agreement state that the work is a work for hire. It 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. At HCPP, we can review or create work for hire agreements that protect the ownership of works done by your employees.


Practicing in this Field

Samuel B. Potter

Partner, Attorney at Law

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