5. Who owns the copyright in my work? (e.g. freelancer / employer, photographer / model)


If you create something during your employment, usually it is your employer who owns the copyright in that work. However, this will depend on the contents of your employment contract.

A freelance photographer or writer, for example, usually owns the copyright of the photographs that he takes or the work she produces. However, again, the terms of the contract can change this. Therefore, if the production of your work is handled through a contract you should carefully check all the clauses to understand who owns the copyright and under what terms.

See: Section 39(1) of the Patent Act 1977Section 11 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988



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