Who can obtain a copyright?
The authors of a joint work are co-owners of the copyright unless there is an agreement to the contrary. Copyright in each separate contribution to a periodical or other collective work is distinct from copyright in the collective work as a whole and vests initially with the author of the contribution.
Two general principles:
- Mere ownership of a book, manuscript, painting, or any other copy or phonorecord does not give the possessor the copyright. The law provides that a mere transfer of ownership in a copy does not transfer the copyright
- Minors may claim copyright, but state laws can regulate the business dealings of copyrights owned by minors