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What is a work made for hire?

Although the general rule is that the person who creates the work is its author, there is an exception. A "work made for hire" is a work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment. It can also apply to a work ordered or commissioned in certain specified circumstances. When a work qualifies as a work made for hire, the employer or commissioning party is considered to be the author and owns the copyright to the work. Copyright to a work made for hire is 95 years from its creation.