Copyright [was Re: Python Obfuscation]

Steven D'Aprano steve at
Sun Nov 13 23:44:48 CET 2005

On Sun, 13 Nov 2005 13:16:43 -0800, Erik Max Francis wrote:

> David T wrote:
>> Individuals, and perhaps groups of individuals are the creators of  
>> works.
> When someone pays you to create a work, then they own the copyright, not 
> you.  It's called work for hire.

That is *not* generally true, although it is true in certain industries,
such as newspapers.

Book publishers, for instance, do not generally own the copyright even if
they ask you to write a book. Until the 1978 Copyright Act, neither did
record labels: the creative musician owned the copyright.

See for details of how
the major record labels, through their enforcement arm the RIAA, stole
rights from the creative artists that they claim to represent.


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