This article posted on our partner site highlights the importance of obtaining the broadest possible rights in intellectual property created by an independent contractor in the course of their work for the hiring party (also known in the US as “work made for hire”). Without a properly drafted work for hire clause, a hiring party may not have rights to intellectual property created by the independent contractor. Where the risk of misclassifying a worker exists, in order to protect the business’s interests in the intellectual property, contracts should also include clauses governing the complete assignment of rights in a work over to the business.

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