What is a “work for hire”?

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Work For Hire Copyright Law Intellectual Property

What is a “work for hire”?

The default copyright scenario is that a creator owns his or her work. For another party to own the work, it must be set forth in a writing.

Under this default, therefore, contractors own their work. If a written agreement with a contractor sets forth that the work is a “work for hire”, then the person paying for the work in most cases will own the work.

There can be complex fact situations regarding contractors, employees and employers, joint contributions to works and works for hire. You should consult an attorney to be sure that you have the right language in any contract to achieve your desired goal.

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