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Who owns copyright when a work is created?
The general rule is that the author of the work is the first holder of copyright.  See Who is the author of a work? for information on who is the author of a work. 
However, if the work is made by an employee in the course of employment then the employer (not the author) is the first owner of copyright, unless there is an agreement to the contrary between the employer and the employee.  For further information on original holders of copyright, see Is the author the first (or original) holder of copyright?
Information current as at 12 September 2005.
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