What is the industry standard for ownership of writing done on assignment while employed by a publisher or as an intern of a publisher? Does anyone copyright for the employee or intern, or is it strictly copyright of the publisher only? In what case would a publisher allow the employee or intern to own the copyright on their writing?
In regard to your question, in virtually all cases, any writing done for one’s employer is the property/copyright of that employer, unless specifically exempted by a letter of agreement. In short, it’s considered Work for Hire. In order to avoid this situation, the writer should get a letter of exemption in advance. Keep in mind that I’m not an attorney. Jonathan Kirsch might have a different view of things.