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Copyrights Entertainment and Sports Law Intellectual Property Litigation

Handling IP Ownership Issues In Remote Work

Even with legal assumptions that certain intellectual property rights in works created by employees are owned by the employer, these should not be relied upon exclusively. A well-drafted employee-agreement form is increasingly essential in light of the explosive growth of remote and flexible work arrangements.


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It is no secret that the daily lives of U.S. employees have changed drastically since 2020. Hybrid or fully remote work arrangements, plus temporary or permanent relocation, have blurred lines and shifted norms around how and where employees perform work. These changes present numerous administrational and legal challenges to entertainment-industry employers. Significantly, the changes have also necessitated new practices and policies to ensure that employers own and retain all necessary rights in intellectual property that workers who classify as “employees” create.

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