Royse City, TX asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Texas

Q: I painted a painting with my coworkers at an event paid for by my manager. I quit and they won't return it. Is thisLegal

I painted a painting with my coworkers at an event paid for by my manager. It is a painting of my cat with my name on it. I quit working there and wanted the painting back and my manager said if I come to get it back it's theft. Is there anything I can do or do they legally own it because they paid for the painting class?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: The ownership of the painting may depend on the specific circumstances of the event and any agreements made between you, your coworkers, and your manager. If there was no explicit agreement made about ownership of the painting, it may be considered jointly owned by all of the individuals who contributed to its creation. You may want to try to work out a resolution with your manager and former coworkers, such as reaching an agreement to share ownership or allowing you to purchase the painting from them. If you are unable to come to a resolution, you may want to consider consulting with a lawyer who can advise you on your legal options.

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