Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Marvel's 1978 Work-Made-for-Hire Contract

This is an appendix post for the article "All Quacked Up: Steve Gerber, Marvel Comics, and Howard the Duck" (click here).

Below is Marvel’s 1978 work-made-for-hire agreement, first issued in May 1978. At the time, Marvel exclusively published company-owned material. The majority of the writers, cartoonists, and other artisans working for the company were employed on a freelance basis. The contract's purpose was to bring Marvel into compliance with the work-made-for-hire provisions of the 1976 Copyright Act. The Act went into effect on January 1, 1978.

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