work for hire

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work for hire

n.
1. pl. works for hire A composition or creation whose copyright is owned or retained by the party that commissioned it or by the employer of the person who produced it.
2. pl. work for hires A legal contract that commissions a work for hire.
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Runcorn-based work-for-hire software development company, d3t, has expanded its senior leadership team with the appointment of new general manager, Richard Badger.
Normally, the author of a work is considered the copyright holder, but as they Kirby case shows us, that is not always the case, especially in work-for-hire situations.
I think the big battleground is whether these work-for-hire provisions are going to be valid in these recording contracts," maintains Greg Gabriel of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert.
The court ruled that some paintings were works for hire and others were not, depending on whether the wording on the checks paid to Nagel created a written work-for-hire contract, and whether the individuals who cashed the checks were authorized by Nagel to enter into that contract.
Under copyright law, there are three basic types of ownership, which are (1) the author as the owner; (2) the employer as owner pursuant to the work-for-hire doctrine; and (3) the employer as owner of a work commissioned by the employer and created by an independent contractor for the employer.
Therefore an understanding of the work-for-hire rules as well as what constitutes joint ownership is necessary, to avoid surprise and costly legal disputes as to the ownership of intellectual property rights in the work created.
In this category, work-for-hire involves either an employee or an independent contractor (i.
When I was with Bureau of Business Practice, a division of Simon & Schuster, long before the Tasini ruling, the company had altered the language in our work-for-hire agreements to include electronic rights and the right to use material in any media, 'whether now known or herein after developed.
Kelley: These hip-hop summits say nothing about contracts, health benefits, accounting or work-for-hire clauses.
We also have the work-for-hire projects coming in such as Barbie's Nutcracker for Matell [featuring the New York City Ballet in motion-capture animation, which is due for broadcast this fall].
If it is a work-for-hire arrangement, the person paying the contractor owns the product.
Under the standard product agreement, the taxpayer hired a developer to develop computer software on a work-for-hire basis.