Is it Work for Hire if you are the employer, as well as the employee?
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Posted by cenglishm on May 02, 2002 at 08:48:26:
For 5 years I was a 50 percent partner in an advertising agency (the other partner also owned 50 percent of the corporation). Along with being an officer, my role was creative director. I drew a salary as well as collected owner's equity payments. During the six years I created many original illustrations and designs without the help of another person. Since I was the creative one, I was the one giving direction to, well, myself. And since I was a co-owner, I essentially provided myself the equipment I used and (50 percent of) the location.
Note: We also had other creative employees who contributed their own work to our company portfolio, but not to my projects.
The first question is: Given the circumstances, was the work I did "work for hire"?
The second question is: If it is "work for hire", since the company no longer exists (it was dissolved a few months ago, and physical assets divided equally), who is the author?
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