[Wikimedia-l] Copyright on Xrays

Max Harmony maxh at sdf.lonestar.org
Mon Aug 20 12:20:35 UTC 2012

2012/8/20 Anthony <wikimail at inbox.org>:
> Under US law (I know very little about the law of other countries):
> Unless the patient somehow contributed creatively to the image (broke
> his bones in a certain creative pattern), it's certainly not the HMO
> or patient.  If the X-ray tech is an employee, then it's certainly not
> the X-ray tech.
But the copyright of a work for hire goes to the employer. The X-ray
tech would get the copyright, but they're employed by the hospital.
The hospital, in turn, is employed by the patient. As such, I would
think the patient does own the copyright. Is a similar logic not
applied to, say, wedding photos, in which an photographer is employed
by a company which is in turn employed by the couple?

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