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25 First ownership of copyright

| Commentary

25 First ownership of copyright

The first owner of any copyright in a work is the author1, unless it is a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work, or a film made on or after 1 July 1994, made by an employee in the course of his employment in which case the employer is the first copyright owner, unless there is an agreement to the contrary2. There is no reference to the employment needing to be ‘under a contract of service or apprenticeship’, as in the Copyright Act 19563, but the distinction between a ‘contract of service’ (employee) and a ‘contract

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