I am creating a new product and plan to hire a freelancer to do the artwork for the product. I however wish to own all copyrights so that no one else my I can use it. What kind of agreement do I need to accomplish this?
It's probably a good idea to plan on hiring an IP attorney to help you draft an agreement assigning all IP rights to you.
The attorney will help you identify any other IP related issues you may have as well to help you protect your product.
You are referring to a written work-for-hire agreement. Typically, the WFH language is only part of a broader agreement often an independent contractor agreement that will also contain other provisions covering for example non-disclosure, non-use, non-circumvention, indemnifications, service level terms among others.
I would avoid just pulling something off the web like a bad disease UNLESS you are absolutely sure it will work for your specific circumstance.
I suggest that you consult with a lawyer in private and discuss your objectives in more detail. You can start by calling around to several for a free phone consultation, get some insights then pick the best fit to work with.
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The Asker needs an agreement giving all copyright to the Asker. See Intellectual Property counsel.
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