Contracts for Creative Freelancers: Should You Do Work For Hire? | Katie Lane | Skillshare

Contracts for Creative Freelancers: Should You Do Work For Hire?

Katie Lane, Attorney & Negotiation Coach

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9 Videos (29m)
    • Introduction

    • What "Work for Hire" Is

    • How Work For Hire Happens

    • When You're An Employee

    • When You're A Contractor

    • How It Shows Up In Contracts

    • Protect Yo'Self!

    • Is Work For Hire Good For Anything?

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

This is lesson #2 in a series.

What the heck does it mean when a contract says you’re doing your work as a “work for hire”?

Very simply it means you won’t own the copyright to the work you create.

But what does that mean mean?

Does that mean you can’t use the work in your portfolio?

Does it impact what you’ll get paid?

Is it always a horrible, very bad, no good situation?

In this class you’ll learn:

  • The legal meaning of “work for hire”
  • When “work for hire” applies and how to recognize it
  • What you can do to protect yourself if your day job is similar to your creative work; and
  • What kinds of projects “work for hire” is good for (and what it’s not!)

We'll also dig into some of the things that can be tricky on "work for hire" jobs: getting paid, using the work in your portfolio, and making sure the terms only apply to the work you are OK not owning. 

This class is designed for creative freelancers of all experience levels, but has helpful, practical information anyone doing creative work can use.

This class focuses on U.S. Copyright law and the issues that commonly arise in U.S. based contracts. 

Don't miss the other Contracts for Creative Freelancers classes: How to Fix Bad Contract Terms and Payment Terms: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.

Credits for all images and music used in this class are contained in a PDF in the Class Project section. The PDF contains links to each image and the music track used. 

5 of 5 students recommendSee All

The video was clear and concise. It laid out all the pros and cons.
Keisha Croxton

Front-End Web Developer and Web Designer

As a newly independent contractor myself, who's been watching these contract terms go by and blithely signing off on them in my own work, this class was excellent for clarifying the rights around work that I engage in regularly. If you're an independent contractor, you should definitely take this class and learn more about what your clients are asking you to sign!
Sarah Peterson

Writing, Editing, Business Development

Katie is a great teacher who knows what she is talking about and she knows how to bring it across to dummies in this field like myself. I'm not from the US but it was still useful information.
Lucy Lambriex

Let’s feel great around the camera!





Katie Lane

Attorney & Negotiation Coach

Hey, I'm Katie! I teach creative professionals how to protect their rights and get paid fairly for their work.

I'm an attorney who works with people who do creative work for a living: comics creators, game designers, illustrators, marketing professionals, musicians, and authors, just to name a few. I also work as a negotiation coach, helping people who are intimidated by conflict tackle negotiations with confidence and calm. 

But long before any of ...

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