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DG Glossary: Work For Hire

Knowing and understanding industry terminology is vital to negotiating and working in the theatre. From time to time, we will be highlighting terminology that is important for all dramatists to understand.

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“Work for hire” is a legal doctrine that has been incorporated into the U.S. copyright law. It provides that, under certain circumstances, the authorship and ownership of a copyrightable work is invested not in its creator but in the employer or commissioning party that hired the creator.

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