Q: One of my employees designed a great logo for my business. Am I safe to use it without paying them extra for it?
A: Good question. If the logo is copyrightable, and making the logo was not within the scope of the employee's job, then the employee may own the copyright to the logo, meaning it could not be reproduced without infringing his or her copyright. However, the circumstances are highly fact specific, so you should consult with a copyright / trademark / intellectual property attorney for a more precise answer.
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