If I want to comission someone to write an article for my blog, do I need him/her to sign a release form of some kind?

Is there any difference if the author’s name is changed, like “host writing”?

Asked on February 26, 2015 under Business Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It would be wise to have him/her execute an agreement stating that the article is written as a "work made for hire" and that should the work not be considered a work made for hire, he or she irrevocably assigns all his/her right, title, and interest in the work, including copyright, to you. This way you can be sure you will own copyright.


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