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- Work Made For Hire
- Under copyright law, a work created by an employee within the scope of employment, or a commissioned work that falls within certain categories and is the subject of a written agreement. When a work is made for hire, the hiring party is considered the author and owner, not the person who creates the work. This status -- that is, whether a work is made for hire -- affects the length of copyright protection and termination rights.