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Copyright Law Explained

What Is Copyright Ownership

Copyright ownership in a work initially vests in the creator of the work. If the work is a joint work, a work with two or more creators, the creators are co-owners of the copyright in the work.

Under certain circumstances, the copyright is not granted to the person who created the work. In the case of a “work made for hire,” the creator’s employer or the person for whom the work was created is considered the owner for purposes of the Copyright Act.

Copyright ownership entitles the copyright owner to: exercise the exclusive rights granted under Section 106, to authorize others to exercise any of those exclusive rights, and to prevent others from exercising any of those exclusive rights.

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