Copyright [was Re: Python Obfuscation]

Steven D'Aprano steve at REMOVETHIScyber.com.au
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 http://www.cdbaby.net/articles/courtney_love.html 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.


-- 
Steven.




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