Simply paying someone to help you create your copyrights does not create a "work for hire" situation or prevent that person from claiming ownership of the copyrights. A "work for hire" situation should require a work for hire agreement.
The U.S. Copyright Act defines “work for hire” as:
- A work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment; or
- A work specially ordered or commissioned for use as:
- A contribution to a collective work.
- A part of a motion picture or other audiovisual work.
- A translation.
- A supplementary work.
- A compilation.
- An instructional text.
- A test.
- Answer material for a test.
- An atlas if the parties expressly agree in a written instrument signed by them that the work shall be considered a work made for hire.