If I write software as part of a project at work, legally do I own the software and source code? I work in a support-based IT department, and I don't believe there is a corporate policy regarding this.
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Your question seems to suggest that you are saying that you write software within the scope of your employment. If so, this would be considered a "work made for hire" owned by your employer, not you. Here is part of the definition (quoting, in part, from 17 U.S.C. § 101 -- the U.S. Copyright Act):
"A “work made for hire” is— (1) a work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment; or (2) ...."