Re: Copyright Ownership
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on November 29, 2000 at 06:42:05:
In Reply to: Copyright Ownership posted by D.D. on November 28, 2000 at 17:29:01:
: My query is regarding ownership as the author of a work that consists of original content, original art, interpretive compilation of publicly available works, and modified public graphical images.
: This work was developed while a 'temporary' employee under no written employment
: The employer requested the development of the work be done in co-operation with other employees, during normal work hours, and using the employer’s technical resources. Verbal agreement at start of the work was that by performing the work, I would be provided gainful full time employment with a raise in salary.
: At completion of the work, the employer is not honoring the offer of full time employment, claims copyright ownership, and wants to market the work for profit.
: The work was actually developed with limited assistance from other employees and limited technical resources:
: As my 'temporary' employment is soon to end, and the promise of financial raise and full time employee status is no longer offered, do I have the right to take the 'work' with me under copyright protection?
Without taking professional responsibility, it looks like yes.
There is a lot of complexity. You should be advised by a competant IP specialist that you can trust. If cheap you can question the competance, if expensive there may be concern that the speciaist is working for himself.
M. Arthur Auslander
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