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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According to PC World, however, Zuckerberg had stated under oath that he had not signed the Work for Hire document but only signed an agreement to do website development work for StreetFax, a now defunct company.
Arcara granted the motion to dismiss Ceglia's petition as both Facebook and Zukerberg had alleged that the Work for Hire document was a 'recently created fabrication', while the StreetFax document was the authentic contract.
(10) In the Weinstein case the Court of Appeals overturned the decision of the trial court and its conclusion of law that a scholarly work written by Weinstein was a work for hire for which the university owned the copyright.
Section 201(b) of the Copyright Act provides that under a "work for hire:
Others have decided upon a variety of policies, from treating all copy as work for hire, to paying for first-time publication rights with additional fees for electronic rights.
If you hire contract programmers, documentation writers, or other "work for hire" employees, this summer the Supreme Court may have handed you a ticking time bomb.
One of the more contentious issues is the concept of "work for hire." Employees of a business usually must agree as a condition of employment to assign to the company all copyrights and patents.
"We said from the beginning we did not intend to change the law and have worked diligently to assure that the issue of work for hire is resolved without prejudice to anyone's position," Rosen says.