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Ownership of copyright works

Creator and first owner

The creator of an original copyright work is usually the first owner.

Works created for an employer

The same rule does not apply for works created by an employee in the course of his employment.

Commissioned works

For some works the rule governing commissioned works changed in 1989.

Joint authors

A single work may be created and owned by more than one person.

Fast Facts

  • For ownership see Chapter I sections 9-11 of the Act