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Who owns ‘work made for hire?’

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you're a painter, writer, musician or another type of artist, inventor or innovator, you may seek to copyright your work. This can prevent others from using it or profiting from it without your permission. An exception to this is what's called "work made for hire." This is essentially any work that you create as part of your job. That's the case whether you're an employee of a company or an independent contractor who has been hired by a company to do work for them. In that case, any copyright for the work would belong to the company (or individual)...

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Who can be sued for construction defects?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Lawsuits over construction defects can be complicated. There are a number of individuals and entities involved throughout the process of erecting a building — architects, engineers, developers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. Plaintiffs must determine which of these is responsible for the defect and require them to fix it and pay damages. Of course, defendants may disagree with that assessment and place the blame on someone else involved in the construction or renovation of a property. There are multiple types of construction defect suits. The most common include negligence, breach of contract, breach of warranty, strict liability, negligent misrepresentation and fraud. Let's...

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