Greensboro, NC asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for North Carolina

Q: Who has copyright ownership of written work posted on a blog when it is a site that involved multiple people?

I live in NC, the website is maintained in FL. A falling out led to removal of work. I want to ensure copyright to my own writing and prevent further use of it on the site in the future, but do not know if I have ownership of copyright due to the nature of the "publishing"/posting on the internet at the site.

1 Lawyer Answer
Dr. Jamie Cuticchia
Dr. Jamie Cuticchia
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Works are copyrighted to producer of the work. So in this case, the removed work is still under your copyright. However, one has to look for two issues which might have transferred the copyright. If you perform a "work-for-hire" for a company, another person, etc. then although you have the copyright, it will cede to whomever paid for the work (in most cases). Also, you would need to look at any documents or notices on the website that submission constitutes a transfer of copyright.


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