"Work For Hire" Is Not What You Think, Deborah A. Coleman, Esq.

In most cases, the law provides that the rights to copy, publish and perform belong to the actual author or creator of the work -- not the person or business for whom the work is done. A business that commissions the creation of copyrightable work by a person other than a full-time employee risks losing its rights to the work if proper precautions are not taken.