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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on November 17, 1999 at 12:11:04:

In Reply to: Do they get rights to things not written specifically for them? posted by Sheila on November 17, 1999 at 09:44:57:

: I am interested in article writing for a company. Their contract states basically that any works of authorship resulting from my services during the Consulting Period and any works in progress, shall be works-made-for-hire and the company shall be deemed the sole owner>> BUT the next section says ... if any of the writing is not legally a work-for-hire then I hereby irrevocably assign and agree to assign any and all of my rights, title and interest thereto.

: How does this affect the novel I have been writing in my spare time? Do they get ownership?
Looks very harsh. My gut says you may have a law suit and you might even lose. There is also the cost of fighting even if you are right. Early Legal Advice I Not Expensive. I disclaim what I say off the cuff like this. If you had asked me to read the contract before you signed it, I might have said negotiate or look elsewhere.
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