Quote Originally Posted by kintatsu View Post
If your work is a work for hire, which it is if it's created in the process of your job, the employer can claim copyright. Including, in most cases, a client unless otherwise specified.
this is true, but if you are working for someone, as a contract photographer, on assignment with a signed contract ...
they receive / get the work and are supposed to send you the check, but instead copy the images on their hard drive, send back the images / CD
say they don't want them ( after duplicating them ) and make up some sort of BS/ DRAMA decide they will not pay you for them ...
you are not on staff/ work for hire and if you did not register the images with the copyright office ... well ... if they decide they are theirs and you didn't register them ...
well until you DO register them and claim ownership you are screwed ...

on the other hand, if you work for starbucks coffee, and invent the upside down carmel/espresso frappuccino .. while an employee .. your invention
is owned by your employer

... there is a HUGE difference
in the first situation you were robbed by a client
in the second situation, you were working and starbucks got the benefit of having you as an employee !