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Work For Hire as a non-legal entity

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Hello,


As many others before me I am trying to develop a marketable game. I have recently gotten to the point where I was confident enough to get an artist on-board which I am paying a one-time fee for the requested assets. I am, at this point, not a legal entity for the simple fact that if this endeavour goes belly-up, I won't have a load of paper and registration fees to deal with. Would any assets created by the artist still be classified as "work made for hire" thus me being the legal author? What if this game does get released and the original author decides to charge me royalties? I am from the Netherlands, if legislation here is much different from the US Copyright Act.


Thanks for you input!

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I am, at this point, not a legal entity

Are you saying you are not a registered business? Are you saying you are an illegal alien in the Netherlands? Are you saying you have no contract with your project contributor(s)?

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If you do not have a contract, you do not own any rights to the work the artist did. It's not work for hire.

It has nothing to do with whether you are a business entity or not. It has to do with not having a contract. You should get something in writing with the artist.

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