Q: If I pay someone for art of my already copyrighted character, is it copyrighted to me or both of us?
So I have a question regarding copyrighting a work of art of a copyrighted character I own/created. If I created a character that I already got copyrighted by the US copyright office, and paid someone for art of that character and want to include it on my already existing copyright of that character, do I have to include them on the copyright to get it added to my copyright?
A: It would be preferable to have a formal "work for hire" contract with the artist, but since you purchased the work the presumption is that it conveyed with all property rights, especially as it is of your character.
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