Did You Include “Work-For-Hire” In Your Contract? No? You May NOT Own All Rights!

Did You Include “Work-For-Hire” In Your Contract? No? You May NOT Own All Rights!
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Hi Angela,

I just read an article about book covers in your newsletter that partially answered my question. I hired a pro to create original covers for my books. I know that, since it was a work for hire arrangement, that I own the covers but should I, or is it customary to, give credit to the designer in the book?

Thanks a bunch,

Annie

I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice.

That said, you really can’t assume your deal was “work for hire” unless you have a contract that specifically states that.

You also need to ask your designer if he/she requires credit and, if so, how he/she wants to be credited.

There is a link to a sample work-for-hire agreement in this article.

Again, this is not legal advice. It is my opinion. Please consult with your attorney regarding legal matters.

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