Usually if the work is created by a staff member in the course of their employment then the copyright will rest with the employer. However, if the creator is an independent contractor then they will usually retain copyright unless there is a written agreement otherwise. If no agreement exists, then the person that hired the contractor would normally be entitled to use it for the purpose it was commissioned for but may not be for other purposes.
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- If a work is unpublished does copyright apply?
- Can I post a copy to myself as proof that it is copyright?
- Can copyright protect ideas?
- Can a name or title be protected by copyright?
- If a work is available online then can’t anyone use it? Isn’t it public domain?
- A work doesn’t have a copyright notice; is it protected by copyright?
- If only a small amount of a work is used, then permission is not needed?
- If changes are made to the work, then permission is not needed?
- If the author is credited, then permission is not needed?