Companies can gain corporate copyright protection on the work produced by employees with their resources and while working for them. One of the main issues with corporate copyright protection is when does the work become company owned? An example is that of a computer software developer in the employment of a company. The developer creates specific computer software while employed by Company X, but the work has been produced outside normal work hours and has not been commissioned by the company. The work rightfully still belongs to Company X, but without a proper employment agreement stating that any work created during the period of employment will mean that corporate copyrighted work reside over such work, the company may have a difficult time in showing that such work belongs to them.
Another example of an issue with corporate copyright protection is that of a lecturer producing articles placed in a journal for which the lecturer receives royalties. Since the lecturer is indeed employed full time by the academic institution, the academic institution can argue that corporate copyright protection exist on the work and that part of the royalties is thus payable to the institution. Many more cases exist where there may be issues surrounding the corporate copyright on a work. Another form of corporate copyright issue is when two or more parties have worked together on a work.
The issue is who should be the main author and who gets copyright protection on the work. Although it may seem straightforward, in many instances the opposite is true. If a company for instance, created a work and is no longer a legal entity, do the corporate copyright seize to exist or should such rights go over to the individuals who formed the company for the sake of corporate copyright? From the above information it becomes clear that there are numerous issues surrounding corporate copyright protection. Get expert legal advice and assistance.