Columbia City, IN asked in Intellectual Property for Indiana

Q: I designed an education program while working for a company who uses it to train clients. No terms in place, is it mine?

I developed an educational program that my company charges clients to use. It was something I had developed both prior and during employment with the company. There was never any terms written about who owns the material. If I decided to leave the company, do I have ownership of the educational system that I developed? Do I have a right to ask them to pay me for continued use of the system?

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A: Under the facts that you describe, and absent any written provisions to the contrary, I would say that your work is a "work made fore hire" within the scope of your employment. If so, your employer owns the copyright to this work.

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