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work made for hire
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For copyright purposes, a work created by an employee within the scope of employment, or a work created by an independent author on commission under a written contract. Under copyright law, the owner of a work made for hire is considered the author of the work, and so owns the copyright. For example, if a corporation commissions a painter to create an original watercolor painting for the lobby of its building, the corporation owns the copyright in the completed work.

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