Writing from California.
I have a question about retaining full copyrights under a "work for hire" agreement with an independent contractor.
I want to contract a freelancer to design/create artwork for me of which I want to retain full copyrights. This artwork does not have any immediate use or implementation into and sort of publication. My interest is in shopping the artwork around and sell it as a sort of brand/potential trademark.
From what I understand about hiring independent contractors, the law stipulates that the work must fall into one of the nine categories:
(1) a translation, (2) a contribution to a motion picture or other audiovisual work, (3) a contribution to a collective work (such as a magazine), (4) as an atlas, (5) as a compilation, (6) as an instructional text, (7) as a test, (8) as answer material for a test, (9) or a supplementary work
I cannot seemingly fit the use for the artwork into any of the nine categories, because I have no intention in using the artwork for any publication or movie, etc.
1) Does my use for the work indeed fit into any category?
2) If not, what can I do to retain full copyright from a freelancer for any
type of artwork with no immediate use?
Los Angeles, California