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Asked on: 1/13/13, 8:24 pm

Hi there, my names Cory Cox. I'm a head writer and team leader of a team of comic book writers, with our first comic coming out in the summer. Their are six members of our team, four writers and two artists. We have negotiated and agreed on a salary for the artists. Myself and one other writer are putting in more money than the other two writers, in order to pay the artists. I have a few questions.

How do i go about copyrighting our comic?

Is there a way we can divide the ownership of the comic amongst ourselves? Do we need to file as something?

Do the artists still have a claim to ownership even though we're paying them?

Also how do i go about drawing up a contract for the agreement between the artists and ourselves?

Sorry for the long question and thanks.

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