work made for hire
work made for hire n: work (as art, music, writing, or a computer program) that is the property of an employer when made by one acting as an employee or is the property of the party for whom it is specially ordered or commissioned when that is expressly stipulated in writing
— used in copyright law

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

work made for hire
n.
A copyrightable work prepared either by an employee in the course of employment, or by someone commissioned to do the work, on the condition that the person who prepares the material is paid for the job and does not retain any rights to it, including copyright. The employer or commissioner of the work is considered the author for copyright purposes.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


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.
Category: Patent, Copyright & Trademark → Copyright Law

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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