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In copyright law, an author is a person who creates an original expressive work. The author is also the owner of the copyright unless the author assigns ownership to another in a written agreement. Examples of authors include artists, writers, programmers, choreographers, and translators.

If the work was made for hire, the employer or commissioning party is considered the author of the work.

U.S. Constitution Art. I, ยง8, cl. 8