The “Work For Hire” Doctrine Almost Never Works In Software Development Contracts

The problem is, work for hire “magic language” is ineffective in most technology contracts and may, in fact, be detrimental to the company.

It is important to remember that, like all other authors (and absent contract language to the contrary), independent contractors own the copyright in all software and other works of authorship they create. The fact that a company pays for the work doesn’t affect the independent contractor’s ownership of the copyright.

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