Determining Copyright Ownership
(© 2016, Gretchen McCord)*

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Note: To determine whether a work is likely to currently be protected by copyright, see this copyright term chart.

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Why is it so complicated to figure out who owns copyright in a work?

What constitutes a "work made for hire?"

Who owns the copyright when an owner dies?

What if an entity, like a publisher, who owned the copyright is acquired by someone else or is dissolved?

Can a copyright be transferred?

Tools for determining copyright ownership

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