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Case Summary

Community for Creative Non-Violence v. Reid

Cmty. for Creative Non-Violence v. Reid, 652 F.Supp. 1453 (D. D.C. Feb. 9, 1987), rev’d, 846 F.2d 1485 (D.C. Cir. May 20, 1988), rem’d, 490 U.S. 730 (1989), consent judgment settlement, No. 1:86-cv-01507-TPJ (D.C. Cir. Jan. 9, 1991).

In a landmark

copyright case, the Supreme Court held that a sculpture of a homeless family commissioned in 1985 by the Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV) from artist, James Earl Reid, was not a “work made for hire”.  The Court determined that Reid acted as an independent contractor, rather than as an employee, of CCNV and consequently, on remand the District Court held that . . . .

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