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Can I copyright to myself a 3D CAD drawing I commissioned from a free lancer of a product I am going to manufacture?

1 Answers. Asked on Mar 09th, 2017 on Intellectual Property - Connecticut
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Answered on Mar 13th, 2017 at 6:46 AM

Did you commission the drawing with a written agreement, and if so, did the agreement make it clear that this was a "work for hire?"  Copyright law states that an independent contractor will own whatever he/she is commissioned to create unless there is a written agreement to the contrary.

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