Do I Have Right to be Listed on Employer's Copyright?
Dear Rich, I wrote a book as part of my employment. While others did
provide input, no one else actually wrote any of the content. My employer
is requiring that they be listed as the second author. They are also
requesting that only they are listed on the copyright. As I understand it,
this is a work for hire situation, so they of course should be on the
copyright. Do I have a leg to stand on in advocating that I should also be
on the copyright?
If you wrote the book as part of your employment duties, the employer owns the copyright as a work made for hire. According to the Copyright Office, the employer should be listed as the owner (copyright claimant) and as the author on the copyright application.