A copyright of a work may belong to its creator or the employer of the creator, as it is defined in the contract between those two parties in advance. Unless stated otherwise in the contract, the person or entity whose name appears on the work is the creator of the work.
- Commissioned works: If you hire a third party to create a work for you, the third party owns the copyright unless the contract states otherwise.
- Service works: If your employee creates a work for you during the course of his/her employment using mainly your business resources, your employee owns the right of attribution of authorship but you own all other copyrights, unless the employment contract says otherwise.
- Acquiring the copyright of another: If you would like to use somebody else’s copyrighted work, you may obtain the right to use the work by license, purchase or assignment, succession, or by other contractual agreement with the copyright holder.