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Works “made for hire” are created by an employee within the scope of his or her employment. Administrative reports, committee minutes, the college catalog and magazine, this copyright guide, and software programs written for college activities are all examples of works “made for hire.” The college is deemed to hold the copyright to such works.  Due to certain legal principles, college administrators are advised to consider the question of copyright when using the services of independent contractors.

For further information on the application of this doctrine to scholarly works created by faculty (such as books, articles, musical compositions, and art, as well as course notes, lectures, and exams), please see section XIV of the Wheaton College Grant Policy and Procedure Manual.