Copyright Ownership

The owner of a copyright is the author of the original work.

Authors of a joint work are co-owners of the copyright in the work, unless there is an agreement to the contrary.

In the case of works made for hire, the employer is considered to be the author.

An ownership agreement, including a work-made-for-hire agreement, must be an express agreement in a signed, written instrument that the work is made for hire.

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