license <-> copyright

none chloehoffman at
Fri Mar 2 22:41:15 UTC 2001

This is not legal advice, no attorney-client relationship is hereby
established, etc. etc.

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Cowan" <jcowan at>
To: "Toon Knapen" <toon at>
Cc: "license" <license-discuss at>
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2001 12:48 PM
Subject: Re: license <-> copyright

> Toon Knapen wrote:
> > unless, I assume, one gives the copyright to the
> > other person from the moment the 'work' is created.
> > Since in this case the copyright is never owned by
> > the person who created the 'work'(is that
> > legal/possible), there is never a
> > transfer and thus no administration is necessary
> No, it's still necessary unless the creator is your
> employee and the work is done in the scope of his
> employment.

Just as a supplement - the original author and owner can also include other
parties besides an employer, namely a person who commissions a particular
work - see, e.g., the definition of "works made for hire" in the U.S.

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