An institution hiring a creative independent contractor wants to ensure that it retains the copyright to the end result of a project. It is a fine balancing act between retaining artistic workers who will lend creative energy to a project and guaranteeing that the institution alone will be able to reproduce or profit from any created work. This session will guide you through the basics of the “work for hire” doctrine, and address potential pitfalls that may arise, such as who is an independent contractor, what defines a “work for hire”, and what makes a work for hire agreement valid. you will hear examples of situations wherein a project was found to be a “work for hire”, and address individual concerns in the Q&A portion of the program.
- Andrew Bart