The Labour Chamber of the French Supreme Court has reaffirmed that under Article L.111-1 paragraph 3 of the French Intellectual Property Code (‘IPC’), a labour agreement entered into with the author of a work shall in no way derogate from the general rule, under which the author is the first creator. Therefore, in default of an express agreement, concluded under the terms of the law, the author does not transfer to his employer, by the mere fact of the first publication, the right to continue to reproduce his work.
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