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Work for Hire

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Work for Hire (WFH) is a concept in intellectual property law in which the work of an employee is considered to be owned by the employer. WFH is an exception to the copyright concept that the creator of a work is its owner.

According to the Copyright Act of 1976, WFH is defined as

(1) a work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment; or (2) a work specially ordered or commissioned for use as a contribution to a collective work, as a part of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, as a translation, as a supplementary work, as a compilation, as an instructional text, as a test, as answer material for a test, or as an atlas, if the parties expressly agree in a written instrument signed by them that the work shall be considered a work made for hire.

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