Keller, TX asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Texas

Q: Who owns copyright for single member LLC?

I am a single-member owner of an LLC. I have a website for my company in which I created all of the blogs for. I submitted a group of published short literary works copyright application and I listed myself as the author but said the claimant is my LLC and that I was transferring the rights to the LLC. The copyright office is telling me that my LLC owns the copyright from the beginning, not me, and it's considered a "work for hire", which this application wouldn't apply to. But I read online that single member LLC's are not considered employees and therefore it wouldn't be a work for hire. Which is true?

1 Lawyer Answer
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Mesa, AZ

A: Probably both.

For beginners you need to consult with an attorney.

In general if you are granting your rights to a company, whether you own or not, it is the company the owner then.

An LLC can be a pass through entity for tax purposes, but can be an independent entity for other purposes, such as liability and more.

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