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613.4 Identifying the Authors of a Work Made for Hire

613.4 Identifying the Authors of a Work Made for Hire


A work of authorship is considered a work made for hire (I) if the work was “prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment,” or (ii) if the work was

“specially ordered or commissioned.” 17 U.S.C. § 101 (definition of “work made for hire”).


For guidance in identifying the author of a work made for hire, see Chapter 500, Section 506.

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